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Niagara Falls and India Growing Affinity

May 19, 2015

With the possibility of a cricket team, comprised of well educated and affluent Indians of Western New York, coming to Hyde Park and fostering a league, it might be a good time to note that Niagara Falls seems to have a growing affinity for India.

For at least a decade, Indians made up the largest ethnic group of tourists who visit Niagara Falls.

Many of these Indian tourists live in America and who bring their elderly parents visiting from India to see the world famous falls.

Mainly to accommodate this influx of tourists - who arrive generally in late May and are pretty much gone by mid September, there are about a dozen Indian restaurants from which to choose and a growing number of the city's hotels have Indian ownership.

In addition many of the top health care professionals at both Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Mount St. Mary's Hospital were born in India.
Overall, Indians living in Western New York seem to mirror national statistics where, as studies, such as one completed by the Pew Research Center in 2012, suggest Indians are the most educated population in the United States with more than 80 percent holding college or advanced degrees, and have the highest income levels, with a median household income of $88,000, far higher than the U.S. household average of 49,000.

The members of the Buffalo Niagara Cricket Club, who seek to play in Hyde Park, mirror this educational and income average.

The Buffalo Niagara Cricket Club is made up of:

President: Dr. Nythappa Anand (MD) 
Vice-President: Amol Salunkhe (MS Industrial Engineering) 
General Secretary: Dr. Amar Narisetty (PhD Operations Research) 
Director of Finance/Treasurer: Anuj Atri (MS Computer Science) 
Director of Public Relations: Gaurav Kulkarni (MS Mechanical Engineering) 
Director of Fundraising: Dr. Harkanwal Sandhu (PhD Cereal Science) 
Director of IT: Prasanna Venkatesh (MS Computer Science) 
Director of Logistics: Manjunath Rama (MS Electrical Engineering) 
Director of Facilities: Prakash Patel (MS Computer Science) 
WNY League Senator: Dr. Biswa Das (PhD Chemical Engineering) 
WNY League Alternator: Dr. Tushar Vispute (PhD Chemical Engineering)





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