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News India Times
August 12, 2016
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Continued from page 15
The main official celebration
of the Independence Day Aug. 15
was inWashington D.C. with a
flag-hoisting ceremony at
Embassy Residence that was
attended by around 400 mem-
bers of the community. As
Ambassador Arun K. Singh
unfurled the Tricolor, India’s
National Anthemwas sung by all.
Singh addressed the guests and
read out President Mukherjee’s
address to the nation, followed
by a brief cultural program com-
prising rendition of patriotic
songs. Commemorative videos
highlighting India@70 were also
displayed.
The Independence Day was
also celebrated in New Jersey
and Connecticut, although not
on Aug. 15.
In Stamford, Mayor David
Martin hosted the Independence
Day celebrations at the Stamford
Government Center Aug. 13,
organized with the Connecticut
Chapter of the Global
Organization of People of Indian
Origin. Indian Consulate official
Sandeep Kumar was the chief
guest at the event. Mayor Martin
spoke about how diversity with
people of Indian origin living
there had enriched Stamford.
Congressman JimHimes, D-
Connecticut, and State Rep.
WilliamTong, complimented the
Indian-American community for
its contribution to America.
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Stamford Mayor David Martin hosted the 70th Indian independence celebrations at the Stamford Government Center, Aug. 13,
organized with the Connecticut Chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIIO-CT). Indian Consular
official Sandeep Kumar was the chief guest. He delivered the Independence Day message emphasizing the importance of
India’s independence and its secular democracy. The nationalist song Vande Mataram was followed by speeches from
GOPIO-CT President Shelly Nichani, GOPIO Program Coordinator Santosh Gannu who thanked Mayor Martin for hosting the
event, and Mayor Martin who spoke about how diversity had enriched Stamford. Congressman Jim Himes, D-Connecticut, and
State Rep. William Tong complimented the Indian American community for its contribution to America and Connecticut. GOPIO
Founder and Chairman Thomas Abraham also spoke. Children sang Indian patriotic songs, and there were colorful folk dances.
Flags of India and the U.S. were hoisted and national anthems of both countries were sung.
Photo above, members of the community participate in the Independence Day parade in Oak Treee Road in New Jersey August 14. With 24 floats and dozens of marching groups, this year’s parade was the largest
in the history of the event, according to the organizers. Photo below, members of the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir of Hillside Avenue, Glen Oaks, New York,
celebrate the Independence Day August 14. The celebrations were attended by more than 400 people.
New York-based America Tamil Sangam presented its highest honor – Tamil
Ratna Award – on A.R. Rahman at the United Nations General Assembly Hall
August 15 where the music maestro gave a sparkling performance which was
organized by the Permanent Mission of India with help from Sankara
Nethralaya, India, and Sankara Nehralaya Om Trust, USA. Photo above, Rahman,
after receiving the honor from Prakash M Swamy, president of the Sangam,
fourth from left, and executive committee members of AMS.
Tamil Ratna Award
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