Ambassador Navtej Sarna paying floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on January 26 on the occasion of India’s 68th Republic Day (Photo: Twitter/India Embassy in USA)
Washington: Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna paid floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the embassy and unfurled the national flag in the presence of large number of Indian-Americans to celebrate the 68th Republic Day here.
In his brief address to the gathering, Sarna highlighted India’s development and India-US relationship. He also read out the address of President Pranab Mukherjee made on the eve of the Republic Day on Thursday.
This was followed by singing of patriotic songs by a young Indian-Americans.
Documentaries titled “A Day in the Life of India” and “INDIAN ARMY: An Instrument of National Power” were screened on the occasion.
Republic Day celebrations were also observed at other Indian diplomatic missions in the US – New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Francisco.
Indian Ambassador to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin unfurled the national flag at the Permanent Mission of India in New York.
The Day was also celebrated at the California state Assembly by the first ever Indian-American Assemblyman Ash Kalra along with community members and other lawmakers.
Joining the celebrations, Congressman Pete Olson in a statement said it marks important day that India adopted their Constitution as their governing document – the day India officially became a republic and a free nation.
“Today celebrates both India becoming a republic and it signifies the special bond between the world”s oldest and largest democracies. This bond encompasses shared values, commercial trade and mutual security,” Olson said.