Ambassador Sandhu Leads Celebration in Washington, Hoisting Tricolor
India-West Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON, DC – The 76th Independence Day of India was celebrated here with a flag-hoisting ceremony on August 15 at India House. The ceremony was attended by a number of Indians, Diaspora members, and friends of India, and was live streamed to facilitate virtual attendance.
Ambassador of India, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, unfurled the tricolor and the inaugural address of India’s new President Droupadi Murmu was played.
Sandhu noted that India, as a nascent democracy, had traversed through odds to bring development, peace, security, and prosperity not only to its people but for the world. Today, India is an indispensable part of the solutions to global challenges, he said, be it in healthcare in the form of the pandemic or in food security or critical technology.
He emphasized that the India-US partnership, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Biden, has become one of the most consequential relationships for both the countries and for the world. Noting that the Indian Diaspora is a crucial pillar of the India- US relationship, Ambassador appreciated the positive work that the Indian Diaspora has been doing.
A short cultural program involving classical Indian dance performances from four corners of India, including Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam was presented. The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign was commemorated with a large handcrafted Indian Tricolor being displayed during the occasion.
Members of the US Senate and House, and dignitaries from diverse fields of business, arts, science, have conveyed their greetings to the Ambassador, an Embassy press release said.