Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu highlights Diaspora as important pillar of India-US relations
Members of the Indian community, members of the Diaspora and Friends of India celebrated the 73rd Republic Day of India in Washington, DC with a flag hoisting ceremony at India House January 26.
Many others across the country watched India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu unfurl India’s national flag, in virtual mode in view of the pandemic.
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It was followed by the singing of the national anthem. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech on the eve of Republic Day was played during the ceremony, according to a press release from the embassy.
Sandhu pointed out that the Diaspora is an important pillar of the India-US relationship, through its achievements in various sectors and contributing to India’s development journey.
He noted that three of the distinguished members of the Diaspora received the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honors from the Government of India.
Madhu Jaffrey received the award for popularizing Indian cuisine; Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai for their leadership in the technology sector.
Sandhu recalled Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks during the bilateral summit with President Joe Biden in September 2021 that we were witnessing a period of transformation in the India-US strategic partnership driven by tradition, talent, technology, trade and guardianship.
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Highlighting Indian government initiatives such as Vaccine Maitri (Vaccine Friendship) and in clean energy as announced by Modi at the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year, Sandhu reiterated that India will continue to be the country that cherishes its fundamental values and ideals, and works for the global good.
A short cultural program involving the performance of patriotic songs by students from the Gandharva School of Music in Richmond was also presented during the ceremony.