Source: Baha'i World News Service
On January 7, 2004 Baha'i World News Service reported, "Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Faith here [Andaman and Nicobar Islands] became the talk of the islands as local dignitaries attended special events, and the media provided extensive coverage. At a dinner for high-ranking officials, the Lt. Governor, Shri N. N. Jha, praised the work being carried out by the Baha'is in the islands, which are a Union Territory of India. The first lady, Smti Chaya Jha, then officially announced that the Baha'is had specially produced for the occasion a souvenir publication, which included a history of the Faith here. In a speech wishing the Baha'is good luck in their endeavors, she said that she had first met Baha'is 40 years ago, and had a number of good friends who were members of the Faith. At a unity concert attended by some 700 people, the Chief of Staff of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Rear Admiral Rakesh Kala, wished the Baha'is all the best in their work and activities."