63rd R-Day celebrated with great enthusiasm

HAYWARD, CA: The 63rd Republic Day of India was celebrated with great enthusiasm at an event organized by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) at Chabot College auditorium here.

The colorful event was attended by prominent state representatives and community leaders. Among those present were Senator Ellen Corbett, Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natrajan, Bill Harrison; Suzanne Lee Chan and Dominic Dutra from the Fremont City Council, Ash Kalra from San Jose City Council, Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski, Milpitas Mayor Joe Esteves and Teresa Cox, member of Ohlone’s College Board.

The welcome speech was delivered by FIA Chairman Dr. Romesh Japra. He congratulated all fellow Indians and Americans and local officials for making this event possible which he had dreamt for more then two decades ago, when FIA had just started.

Senator Ellen Corbett shared the information with all those gathered that for the first time the Indian flag was hoisted in the California state capital, Sacramento City, on Republic Day, January 26th. She applauded the Indian community for this contribution and congratulated Indians for the Republic Day celebration.

Consul General of India N.Parthasarathi read from Indian President Pratibha Patil’s speech and congratulated everyone for their contribution. He also shared that he has been in the US for only three months but felt he had seen so much of the contribution made by the Indian community.

All the local officials were called on stage and were recognized. This was followed by prize distribution. Senator Corbett gave a plaque to Dr. Japra. Bob Wieckowski gave an award to Dr Japra for all the youths of FIA and young Indians.

The kids competition was held from 2.00 pm to 7.30 pm. The event was sponsored by Wells Fargo bank representative Micky Randhawa.

The FIA Team behind the event included Rajesh Verma, Dharminder Dewan, Deepak Chhabra, Manorama Kumar, Kamal Nair, Sudesh Saini, Rakesh Kapoor and Madhu Sahani, Yogi, Vijaya and others. They were all thanked profusely by Dr Japra.

India Post News Service

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