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Independence Day: Indian Tricolour Hoisted For First Time At Times Square

New York: For the primary time, the tricolour was hoisted on the iconic Occasions Sq. right here on Saturday to have a good time India’s 74th Independence Day.

India’s Consul Common in New York, Randhir Jaiswal hoisted the Indian flag throughout a particular commemoration of the Independence Day at Occasions Sq., organised by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the main umbrella diaspora organisation within the US.

Deputy Consul Common Shatrughna Sinha, FIA Chairman Ankur Vaidya, FIA veteran and distinguished Indian-American doctor Sudhir Parikh, famend entrepreneur, philanthropist and group chief H R Shah, former FIA Presidents Alok Kumar and Srujal Parikh and different senior officers from the organisation and different group teams have been joined by a lot of folks from the Indian diaspora for the commemoration.

Addressing the gathering, Jaiswal stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi has outlined India’s approach ahead and the aspirations to construct a brand new India, and we’re dedicated to taking our nation ahead on the premise of these aspirations.

Jaiswal added that the celebration of India’s Independence Day is as a lot a celebration of friendship with this stunning nation.

He lauded the FIA for organising the historic occasion when the Indian flag was unfurled for the primary time in Occasions Sq..

Vaidya stated with the unfurling of the tricolour at Occasions Sq., historical past has been created.

A lot of folks, wearing conventional Indian garments and sporting masks, joined the celebration.

Waving the Indian and American flags, the folks shouted slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Vande Mataram’ and Jai Hind’.

The American nationwide anthem was sung, adopted by the unfurling of the Indian flag and the singing of the Indian Nationwide Anthem.

The group erupted in big cheers and applause because the Indian tricolour was hoisted within the coronary heart of Occasions Sq., alongside the American flag, commenting that it was certainly a proud and historic second for all.

Former FIA Presidents Alok Kumar and Srujal Parikh stated it was a historic second for the Indian group that the tricolour was unfurled for the primary time in Occasions Sq..

It’s certainly a proud second for all of us, they stated.

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tri-state space of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut has stated the Indian Independence Day celebrations this yr will embrace the flag-hoisting ceremony at Occasions Sq. and the annual custom of illuminating the Empire State Constructing in hues of the tricolour – orange, white and inexperienced.

“The Occasions Sq. flag hoisting ceremony is a testomony to the Indian American group’s rising patriotism and is a becoming tribute to FIA which is celebrating its golden jubilee yr, the FIA has stated.

 

Established in 1970, the FIA is among the many largest umbrella diaspora organisations.

The FIA yearly organises its flagship occasion – the India Day Parade to mark India’s Independence Day in August.

Prime US political leaders, lawmakers in addition to distinguished members of the Indian-American group and celebrities from India have participated within the annual parade that pulls a crowd of hundreds within the coronary heart of Manhattan every year.

This yr nevertheless the parade is not going to be held as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

(PTI)

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