The 77th Independence Day of India was celebrated in Washington D.C. with a flag-hoisting ceremony on August 15, 2023, at India House. The ceremony was attended by several Indians, Diaspora members, students and friends of India.
Ambassador of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu paid floral tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Washington D.C. Following this, Ambassador unfurled the tricolor at India House, which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. The address by the Hon’ble Rashtrapatiji on the eve of India’s 77th Independence Day was played during the ceremony.
In his remarks, Ambassador noted that this year’s celebrations are special, as the commemorations of 75 years of Independence being marked as the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ culminate, and the country continues her march into the Amrit Kaal- the journey into the next quarter century, towards 100 years of independence. This year also marks India’s G20 presidency; guided by the ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, the country has worked to promote global good and has infused new energy into the international development agenda.
Ambassador emphasized that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Biden, the India–US partnership today is “one of the most consequential relationships” in the world. Prime Minister’s recent State Visit to the United States reaffirmed deep bonds of friendship and provided a new impetus to cooperation between India and the US. The range of initiatives announced during the visit span all areas of human endeavor and are a testament to the mutual trust between both countries.
Ambassador mentioned that a key pillar of the India-US relationship is the 4.4 million strong Indian Diaspora, including 200,000 Indian students in the United States. Their talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation contribute to the prosperity of both India and the United States and serve to strengthen the relations between the two countries.