Baltimore, Maryland – Hundreds of Rajputs from across the globe recently converged at the historic American city of Baltimore in the North-Eastern State of Maryland. The occasion was the National Convention of the Rajput association of North America (RANA), with Chief Guests V K Singh, Retired General and current Indian Federal Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Padma Shri Prakash Singh, retired DGP (Director General of Police in India).
Sanjay Singh of Alabama, the President of RANA emphasized the unity of Rajputs world wide in his address at the 11th convention . He attributed unity to the great turn out at the convention. There were more than 700 delegates in attendance at the Baltimore convention, setting a world record of largest Rajput meet away from the Indian subcontinent.
Sunil Singh, a strong supporter of the community and the past president during 2009-2010 in a statement to IAT said, “At the recent Thanksgiving weekend RANA held the National Convention in Baltimore, it was the largest gathering yet and most successful convention for RANA.”
Bestowing credit on the president Sanjay Singh, convener of the convention Rajeev (Manu) Singh, and their entire team, Sunil Singh thanked, “General V.K. Singh minister of external affairs India for attending and participating in this convention.” Sunil Singh also noted a marked increase in membership saying, “RANA has increased membership in last two years by 150 families, which is the highest number of new members during any two year period.”
The RANA National Committee comprising of 9 members headed by President Sanjay Singh opened the convention on November 22, 2018 and concluded on November 25, 2018. Chairman Yogendrasinh Solanki and Convener Raj Singh along with senior community leaders Mahavirsinh Chaudasma, Narendrasinh Chudasama, Jitendrasinh Jadeja, Ajitsinh Rathod, Gian Singh Tanwar, Bijender Singh Tanwar, Maj SB Singh, Dr CB Singh, Prakashsinh Chauhan, Sunil Singh , Viresh Singh, Dolotsinh Rathod, Ajay Singh attended and vowed to work together for the betterment of RANA.
The colorful cultural program was performed by many participants from all over USA, Canada, India, and other parts of the world. The next convention will be in 2020 during Thanksgiving.