World Trade Center lit up Indian tricolor, Dallas declares Aug 15 Indian American Day, Texas issues proclamation
The iconic World Trade Centre in New York was lit up in the colors of the Indian flag as Americans joined people of Indian descent in celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian independence.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation honoring India ahead of its Aug 15 independence day, while Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s declared it as Indian-American Day displaying his plan for a global city and economy.
Besides the World Trade Center, the tallest building in America that stands on the site of the 9/11 terror attacks, Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas was also lit with the colors of India for the second year in a row.
Abbott signed the proclamation honoring India on Aug 12 at a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas where he was joined by Consul General Aseem Mahajan and First Lady Cecilia Abbott.
“After nearly a century of oppressive colonial rule, the visionary Mahatma Gandhi mounted a tireless, nonviolent campaign that sought deliverance from the subjugation of the British Raj,” reads the proclamation.
“In so doing, he paved the way for the 1947 Indian Independence Act, which ushered in a new age of freedom, justice, and security for the people of India.
“The resultant celebrations of 1947 resonate still to this day, and we must continue to commemorate and recognize the extraordinary work of the brave men and women who brought an entire subcontinent’s dreams to fruition.”
“The United Staes — whose story of origin parallels that of India — has always been a melting pot of culture, and the Lone Star State has benefited from this wealth of diversity since it inception,” Abbott noted.
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“Both India and the United States are vibrant democracies with open, multicultural; societies, and our partnership has helped to build both nations into pillars of freedom and prosperity that are emulated around the globe,” the proclamation stated.
“This long standing cooperation now encompasses a broad swath of industries, from robust energy production to a burgeoning tech sector,” it added.
Noting that “across Texas, communities of Indian immigrants and Americans of Indian descent have long called our state home,” Abbott said, “They have played an important role in making Texas the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“As our largest democratic ally, I have no doubt that the collaboration between our nations will ensure the prosperity of our peoples for generations to come,” Abbott said.
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“As you celebrate your independence, I encourage you to reflect on the traditions and values that have shaped India over the course of its history, for they will continue to guide your people toward a better and brighter future for all,” he said..
First lady Cecilia Abbott joined the governor “in wishing the very best as you celebrate this momentous occasion in your nation’s history.”