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Federation of India Community Association

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2019
1. Federation of India Community Association Marker
Inscription.  In 1962, Asian Indian students of Case Western Reserve University started India Association of Cleveland (IAC). In 1967, IAC started a newspaper "LOTUS," regarded as the first such Asian Indian community newspapers in the United States. In 1978, IAC started a community center to be owned and managed by a new organization: India Community Center (ICC), the first such facility established by Asian Indians in Ohio. In 1980, IAC and ICC merged and formed the Federation of India Community Associations (FICA). Other associations representing the various states and interests in India became Federation members.
 
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Federation of India Community Association, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 68-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 31.415′ N, 81° 37.436′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Junior
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By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2019
2. Federation of India Community Association Marker
Drive south of Saint Casimir Way, on the right when traveling south. It is in the India Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park. There is curb-side parking near the marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Mercer Langston Hughes (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union and League of Romanian Societies / United Romanian Societies Carpatina of Cleveland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Waddell Chesnutt (approx. 1.1 miles away); The History of Hough (1799-1979) (approx. 1.1 miles away); University Circle (approx. 1.1 miles away); Home of Superman (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of the Home of the Poet Harold Hart Crane (approx. 1.3 miles away); League Park (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
 
More about this marker. This marker was originally placed at 12412 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, the location of the Indian Community Center. It was near these map coordinates: 41 30.059′ N, 81 35.648′ W. It was moved to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens at Rockefeller Park after the center closed.
 
Also see . . .  Federation of India Community Associations website. (Submitted on April 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCharity & Public Work
 
Marker at its original location image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 4, 2008
3. Marker at its original location
12412 Cedar Road was the India Community Center, now the Cleveland Heights Church.
India Cultural Garden image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2019
4. India Cultural Garden
The marker is out of frame on the right.
Mahatma Gandhi image. Click for full size.
2005 bronze by Gautam Pal, photographed by J.J. Prats, April 5, 2019
5. Mahatma Gandhi
This 10 foot tall bronze was created by sculptor Gautam Pal in Kolkata India. It was unveiled in 2005. His name is carved on the front of the dark granite base. It is inscribed on the back with “A gift to the City of Cleveland by the families of Chittaranjan & Ninha Jain and Ashok & Rajanee Shendufe in grateful recognition of the opportunity it provided to the ethnic immigrant communities from around the world.” The inscription on sides read

“Ahisma (non-violence) is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier that the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. — Mahatma Gandhi

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. —Mahatma Gandhi
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,074 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on April 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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