Indian Republic Day celebrated at embassy in DC, consulates across the US

Indian national flag unfurled and patriotic songs sung at the events.

Indian Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna paying floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at a Republic Day event in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2018.
Indian Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna paying floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at a Republic Day event in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2018. Photo credit: Embassy of India

India’s 69th Republic Day was celebrated at the country’s embassy in Washington, DC, and its consulates across the United States on Friday.

At the Embassy of India, in the US capital, Indian Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna read out President Ram Nath Kovind’s traditional address to the nation.

The envoy also paid floral tributes at the statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in front of the embassy before unfurling India’s national flag.

Sarna also addressed the gathering of some 200 members of Washington’s Indian American community.

In New York, at the Consulate General of India, Consul General Sandeep Chakrovarthy hoisted the flag. It was followed by rendition of the Indian national anthem and the reading of President Kovind’s Address to the nation.

Patriotic songs were sung by musicians from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Consul General of Mexico in New York City Diego Gomez Pickering was a guest at the event.

“Honored to participate in the celebrations of the 69th #RepublicDay at @IndiainNewYork along with Consul General Chakravorty and the vibrant Indian community of #NYC. #Mexico and #India partners, friends and allies,” he tweeted later.

At the Consulate General of India in Houston Consul General hoisted the flag. One of the prominent guests at the event was Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas.

“Great to celebrate the 69th India Republic Day at the Consulate General of India this morning!” the congressman tweeted.  “#OTD in 1950, the largest democracy on earth was born when the Indian constitution was adopted. I look forward to many more years of friendship between our two great countries!”

A similar event was held at the consulates in San Francisco and San Francisco as well.

In Chicago, Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was a guest at the Republic Day event.

 

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