GOPIO was founded at the First Global Convention of People of Indian Origin in New York in 1989. The name GOPIO was adopted after a suggestion by a Michigan-based Indian businessman. The initial thrust of GOPIO was fighting human rights violation against people of Indian origin.
Although this has been improved in the last decade, human rights violations continue to be a major issue for PIOs living outside India. GOPIO has now set its priorities in pooling its resources, both financial and professional, for the benefit of PIOs, the countries they come from and India.
|1989||GOPIO organization was formed at the first convention of PIOs. Passes 23 resolutions including PIO Card and Dual Citizenship for NRIs/PIOs from Govt. of India and Concerns of rights violations in different countries. U.S. Postal Service releases two First Day Covers to honor the First Convention at a special Post Office set up at the Convention Venue.|
|1990||Filed human rights violations petition to the U.N. on behalf of PIOs in Fiji in 1990.|
|1992||Filed human rights violations petition to the U.N. on behalf of PIOs in Sri Lanka.|
|1993||Second Global Convention in New Delhi. GOPIO adopts its constitution and conducts the first election.|
|1994||GOPIO proposed PIO card to Govt. of India.|
|1995||Special meetings with various heads of states with large Indian population.
Release of the book in New York, “Indian Diaspora, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,”
|1996||Trinidad Investment Meeting with P.M. Basdeo Pandey, New York|
|1997||Freedom 50 Conferences to celebrate India’s 50th, New York, June, July and August.
Conference “Changing Role of Indian Women Worldwide,” Mumbai, November.
|1998||Conference on Senior Citizens of Indian Origin, New York, in September that resulted in the formation of National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens, Inc.|
|1999||GOPIO’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations & GOPIO Convention ‘99, New York, September.|
|2000||Inauguration of GOPIO Business Council, New York, April; * Conference on Social Services for the community, formed of South Asian Council for Social Services in New York; * GOPIO Convention 2000, Zurich, Switzerland. Campaigned on Fiji Crisis, met the U.N. Human Rights Commission.|
|2001||GOPIO accredited by the U.N. as an NGO to participate in the World Conference Against Racism.
GOPIO’s Solidarity Rally against terrorism. Funds raised to benefit American Red Cross.
|2002||GOPIO’s tribute to Dilip Singh Saund, first U.S. congressman of Indian origin, January 2002
Third European Regional Conference, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 2002
Hosts Third Global Indian Entrepreneurs Conference and Indian and NRI/PIO Economic summit, September 12-14, 2003
|2003||GOPIO Conference, “Perspectives and Issues of PIO Communities,” New Delhi, January 8, 2003
Gaddar Movement Celebrations, May 2003, Santa Clara, CA, USA; * GOPIO – Belgium Conference – Dec. 4, 2003
|2004||GOPIO Convention 2004, New Delhi, January 7-8, 2004, Conf. on Human Rights Experience, New York March 20, 2004
GOPIO Belgium Conference on India-EU Trade/Investment, Europe-India Chamber of Commerce (EICC) formed.
|2005||GOPIO Convention 2005, Mumbai, January 5-6, GOPIO/EICC Conf. on India EU Strategic Plan, Euro Parliament, Nov. 9th|
|2006||GOPIO Convention 2006, Hyderabad, January 5-6, 2006
GOPIO demonstration in front of the UN against Govt. of Trinidad & Tobago for not following rule of law, September
GOPIO/EICC Conference on EU-India Partnership at the European Parliament, November 8-9, 2006
GOPIO campaign to pass US-India Nuclear Energy Cooperation Bill in the US Congress.
|2007||GOPIO Convention 2007, Elects New Officers, New Delhi, January 5-6, 2007|
|2008||GOPIO Convention 2008, Organizes Summit on Education for the Indian Masses, New Delhi, January 6-7, 2008|
|2009||GOPIO Convention 2009, Chennai, Jan. 2009 and GOPIO 20th Anniversary Celebration, New York, August 2009|
|2010||GOPIO Convention 2010, New Delhi, Jan. 2010 and Successful Campaign on Indian Passport Surrender Rules
First Women of Indian Origin Conf., London and GOPIO Annual Conf., London, October 25-27, 2010
First GOPIO Health Summit on Health and Wellness of Indian Diaspora, New York, Nov. 12-14, 2010
|2011|| GOPIO Convention 2011, New Delhi, Jan. 2011 and GOPIO Caribbean Regional Convention, May 2011
GOPIO Biennial Convention, Edison, New Jersey, USA. Elects a new team as officers.