The 70th Republic Day was celebrated at the Embassy of India with an enthusiastic and unprecedented participation of about 800 prominent members of the Indian community in USA.
2. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla paid floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the public park in front of the Embassy. Thereafter, the Ambassador unfurled the National Flag followed by singing of the National Anthem. Ambassador addressed the guests and read out the Address of the Hon'ble President on the occasion of the Republic Day of India.
3. The Hon'ble President's speech highlighted three important milestones, commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi; the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of India; and elections for the 17th Lok Sabha.
4. In his remarks on the occasion, the Ambassador lauded the pivotal role played by the Indian diaspora in the US in contributing to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the two countries. He thanked the guests for turning out in such large numbers as a reflection of their affection for India and as a source of strength and inspiration for the Embassy as we seek to further strengthen and deepen the bonds of friendship between India and USA.
5. The programme concluded with the singing of patriotic songs by young students from the Gandharva School of Music, Richmond, Virginia. Printed copies of the Hon'ble President's Address in Hindi and English were made available to the guests.