Dear Friends,

I am grateful to all members of the Federation for electing me as the President- FPBAI unopposed, for the financial year 2022-23. The faith and confidence reposed by you has put a great responsibility on my shoulders to do my best for the fraternity throughout the tenure along with my team members. For this purpose I have constituted the team of highly pro-active

office bearers having to their credit an illuminating long experience in the trade. However, I would look forward your active co-operation as no one is perfect in the World. As such, being the human beings, we, the team members despite having vast experience in the trade cannot claim the highest level of perfection. We therefore request you to kindly keep-on giving us your valuable suggestions from time to time in the best interest of the trade. I would like to give you a brief account of my background. I did my graduation from University of Delhi in the year 1978 and LLB in the year 1981. I am a non-practicing lawyer, publisher, book trader and social activist. In 1975, I joined my father’s business of law book selling and distribution named Universal Book Traders, promoting the sale of world’s eminent law publishers in India. I joined the business at a very young age of 18 years – not by choice but under compelling circumstances when my father Mr. M. G. Arora was arrested during the days of Emergency in 1975, because of his active participation in the movement headed by Loknayak Jai Prakash Narain. In course of time, my younger brothers joined me and by their collective efforts, we promoted a private limited company in 1995, named “Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.” engaged in publishing books on Indian laws by renowned authors and acquired publishing rights from over two dozen world known foreign publishers. In the year 2015, M/s. LexisNexis, internationally renowned and highly respected publishers of Legal, Tax and Academic books acquired Universal’s titles. Now the group has re-launched law publishing in the name of “Law & Justice Publishing Co.” In 1997-98, our company was honoured with “Distinguished Booksellers Award” and “Award of Excellence in Law Publishing” on the occasion of celebrating fifty years of India’s Independence. I have toured extensively across UK, USA and Germany for promotion of my business. I was sponsored by the British Council to visit England in 1989 to study the market for British Legal Books in India. I have been associated with various social, religious, philanthropic and book trade associations, taking a leading part with them. I have already been associated with the Federation for over 16 years as office bearer. In the last financial year, I was Hony. Secretary of the Federation. I am sure that as President-FPBAI, I will promote the cause of the members to my entire capability and efforts.

New Team (2022-23)

  Mr. Pradeep Arora   President
  Mr. S.C. Sethi   Immediate Past President
  Mr. S. K. Ghai   Vice President (North)
  Mr. Pankaj Bhagawati   Vice President (East)
  Mr. Arjun Sachdev  Vice President (West)
 Mr. M. S. Venkatesh   Vice President (South)
 Mr. Arunjit Singh Gujral    Hony.Secretary
  Ms. Kalpana Shukla    Hony. Joint Secretary
  Mr. Ravi Sethi    Hony.Treasurer

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