New York: Hundreds of Indian Diaspora members came together virtually to celebrate the 75th Independence Day celebrations, organized by the New York Chapter of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and National Federation of Indian Associations (NFIA) on August 15th.
The colorful celebration of India’s Independence Day showcased the rich, colorful and the vibrant traditions of India, bringing them at the doorsteps of every household, as the audience from around the world were entertained with mesmerizing music, scintillating dance performances and inspiring speeches.
In his eloquent address to the diaspora, India’s Consul General in New York, Randhir Kumar Jaiswal greeted the participants, the diaspora, and the friends and supporters of India from around the world. The veteran diplomat said, “Today is a very special day; even more special for all of us as India Turns 75 today.” Saluting Mahatma Gandhi, whose values of unity, diversity, non-violence and oneness India celebrates today, Ambassador Jaiswal reminded the audience of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation from the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi on the eve of India’s 75th Independence Day, said, “India is marking the occasion as “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” under which a series of events have been organized across the United States.”
While wishing all a Happy Independence Day, the Consul emphasized the important role played by the Indian diaspora in strengthening India-US relations and helping in greater progress and prosperity of India and the United States. The Consul also thanked the diaspora for their whole hearted support in providing medical equipment to their motherland during the COVID crisis.
Earlier, Beena Kothari, GOPIO New York President while introducing Ambassador Jaiswal.
Gunjan Rastogi introduced Congressman Tom Suozzi, representing the 3rd Congressional district of New York. calling him a “friend of India” she said, “He is our voice in Washington DC.” In a message, Rep. Suozzi described India as a true friend of the US and they both share a special relationship. Acknowledging that both the democratic countries are facing challenges in their quest to honor freedom and democratic values, he urged India “to end discrimination.” He said, “All human being are divine and are made equal.” He lauded “the Indian American community for their contributions to the growth of the nation. And we are grateful to you.”
Lal Motwani, Founding President of GOPIO New York and Executive Trustee of GOPIO International, and the main organizer of the celebrations, in his address, said, “The anniversary reminds us, especially the strong Indian Diaspora of our roots, our traditions, values, the richness and diverse Indian culture, as we celebrate the vibrancy, freedom, diversity, and democratic values.”
Rep. Tom Suozzi, New York Senators John Liu, Anna Kaplan, Todd Kaminsky and Kevin Thomas, New York City Council Member Paul Vallone and Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz and members and leaders of GOPIO from around the world joined the virtual celebration.