Indians world over celebrate I-Day with gusto

Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:56

Beijing/New York: Indians across the globe
donned patriotic colours on Monday as they gathered to celebrate
the 65th year of freedom of their homeland, unfurling the
Indian tricolour and organising a series of cultural events.

In Beijing, a large gathering of Indian expats made it to
the Indian embassy where Indian Ambassador S Jaishankar
hoisted the national flag and later read out President
Pratibha Patil`s address to the nation.

In the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai, Consul General
of India Riva Ganguly Das presided over the celebrations that
were joined by Indian medical students from Suzhou and Nantong
(Jiangsu Province) Universities and members of the Indian
Association.

In New Jersey near New York, undeterred by heavy rains,
Indians from all walks of life gathered to celebrate the day,
participating in the parade, waiving the tricolour and singing
patriotic songs and the Indian national anthem with fervour.

The parade organised in New Jersey that was attended by
hundreds of Indians, also saw support for activist Anna
Hazare`s anti-corruption movement as about 150 volunteers from
`India Against Corruption` walked in support of Hazare`s
Lokpal Bill.

Wearing `Anna caps`, the volunteers shouted slogans and
waived placards carrying messages of solidarity for Hazare
like `I am Anna`, `It is not one Anna`.

People lined up at the sidewalks as they waved at passing
floats and greeted each other during the nearly two hour
parade organised by Indian Business Association of New Jersey.

However, another parade organised by the Oak Tree Indian
Business Association was called off due to inclement weather.

Patriotic fervour marked the Independence Day celebrations
in Singapore where some 500 Indians joined High Commissioner T
C A Raghavan as he raised the Indian flag and read out the
President`s address for the people.

Students from the local Indian schools sang patriotic
songs during the morning festivities held at the Indian High
Commission complex in Singapore.

Guests included visiting Maharashtra State Environment and
Cultural Affairs Minister, Sanjay Deotale, and executives from
Indian corporations and state banks operating in the city
state.

Chicago for the first time is witnessing two parades to
mark the Indian Independence Day. While the first organised by
the Federation of Indian Associations Chicago was held
yesterday, another by Federation of Indian Association will be
held next Saturday.

The Indian community that gathered for the celebration
donned ethnic clothes participated in the floats, and some
Indian TV stars were also seen at the event.

The mayor of Schaumburg, Al Larson, Illinois State
Representatives Fred Crespo and Michelle Mussman also attended
the parade.

At a banquet organised for the event, and attended by
Consul General of India, Mukta Dutta Tomar, Mahatma Gandhi`s
grandson Rajmohan Gandhi was the chief guest.

He said Indians in America should not only learn about the
history and culture of this country but also build bonds with
Pakistani Americans who celebrated their independence day
yesterday, as also with Chinese Americans.

"In America we have an easy opportunity to get to know
Pakistani Americans without the needs of visas or travel on
different borders," Gandhi said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:56

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