Ambassador Sandhu, diaspora celebrate 76th Independence Day of India


The 76th Independence Day of India was celebrated in Washington D.C. with a flag-hoisting ceremony on August 15, 2022, at the India House.

The ceremony was attended by a number of Indians, diaspora members, and friends of India, and was live streamed to facilitate virtual attendance.

Ambassador of India, H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, unfurled the tricolor, which was followed by singing of the National Anthem. The address of President Droupadi Murmu on the eve of India’s 76th Independence Day was played during the ceremony.

In his remarks, Sandhu said that India, as a nascent democracy, had traversed through odds to bring development, peace, security, and prosperity not only to its people but for the world. “Today, India is an indispensable part of the solutions to global challenges – be it in healthcare in the form of the pandemic or in food security or critical technology.

He emphasized that the India-US partnership has become one of the most consequential relationships for both the countries and for the world. Sandhu said that the Indian diaspora is a crucial pillar of the India-US relationship and he also appreciated the positive work that the Indian diaspora has been doing.

A short cultural program on classical Indian dance performances from four corners of India, including Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance forms were presented by Indian-origin students during the ceremony. The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign was commemorated with a large handcrafted Indian Tricolor being displayed during the occasion.

Leaders from across the US, including senior members of Senate and House, and dignitaries from the diverse fields of business, arts, science, etc. conveyed their greetings on the momentous occasion. Prominent members of the Indo-American community including representatives of various socio-cultural organizations, members of the business community and others also attended the event.