The enduring Occasions Sq., reverberating with the chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, was on Sunday drenched within the hues of saffron, white and inexperienced as the largest Indian tricolour was unfurled on the well-liked New York Metropolis vacation spot to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of India’s Independence Day.
Main diaspora organisation, the Federation of Indian Associations – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (FIA-NY NJ CT) hosted a particular ceremony at Occasions Sq. to have fun India’s seventy fifth Independence Day.
The FIA had hoisted India’s Nationwide Flag at Occasions Sq. on the nation’s Independence Day final 12 months, the primary time the Indian tricolour was unfurled on the iconic New York Metropolis vacation spot.
This 12 months, marking 75 years of India’s independence, it hoisted the largest tricolour unfurled at Occasions Sq. thus far.
FIA Chairman Ankur Vaidya congratulated and prolonged Independence Day greetings to everybody.
“We wish to proceed on this custom. This 12 months, we’re hoisting the largest tricolour unfurled at Occasions Sq. thus far,” Vaidya advised PTI.
The 48 sq. feet-long tricolour was unfurled on the 25-feet tall flagpole.
Patriotic Indian songs reverberated by way of Occasions Sq., the crossroads of the world, as members of the Indian diaspora gathered in massive numbers for the commemoration.
Consul Normal of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal unfurled the tricolour.
A particular visitor on the occasion was Indian-American sporting icon Abhimanyu Mishra, 12, the youngest grand grasp in chess historical past.
“Right now could be very special occasion, a historic day in India’s onward march as a nation. Right now is the day to have fun our achievements, successes, our freedom wrestle, all of the sacrifices achieved by the leaders and likewise to chart out our future plan of action,” Indian diplomat Jaiswal mentioned.
Jaiswal mentioned the day can be to “have fun our vibrant democracy and its progress and prosperity,” including that “allow us to have fun Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in the present day and within the days to return.”
The day-long celebrations by the FIA began with unfurling of the tricolour at Occasions Sq., the primary India Day billboard at Occasions Sq. will likely be displayed for twenty-four hours, the Empire State Constructing will likely be lit within the hues of the Indian tricolour and the day will finish with a gala cruise on the Hudson River to be attended by prime authorities officers, particular visitors and members of the Indian-American neighborhood.
On the event, a particular cricket event trophy ‘[email protected] Cricket Cup’ was unveiled by Jaiswal. The cricket event is being organised by not-for-profit organisation ‘22Yardsport Cricket’ which is focussed on selling cricket in North America.
“This 12 months could be very particular for us. The ‘[email protected]′ cricket event will likely be held subsequent weekend,” mentioned 22Yardsport Cricket founder Jeetendra Barmecha, who together with the organisation’s officers Gaurav Jayaswal, Raj Mohabe, Amit Saxena and Tarun Gursahani current on the commemoration thanked Jaiswal and the FIA for permitting “this platform to advertise cricket.”
22Yardsport Cricket has the one cricket floor in Westchester Nation and Barmecha mentioned “hopefully we can have extra sooner or later.”
Anil Bansal, present President of FIA, mentioned India is launching year-long celebrations from August 2021 to have fun 75 years of Independence and the FIA will even begin the celebrations on August 15, 2021, by flag hoisting at Occasions Sq. and on the State Capital in Rhode Island.
He mentioned the Empire State Constructing will likely be lit within the Indian tricolour and Independence Day message will likely be displayed on the biggest Jumbotron at Occasions Sq. for twenty-four hours.
Bansal congratulated the folks of Indian-origin, who made very vital contributions through the pandemic all around the world.
“On this special occasion, we salute the visionaries of recent India for giving us in the present day, a thriving multicultural nation and contribution to all the world,” Bansal mentioned.
Vaidya mentioned as India marks 75 years of Independence, the FIA is launching a marketing campaign focussed on ‘Unified Diaspora in America’.
“When India turns 75, we must always flip the web page on the partisan communities. Our purpose is a unified neighborhood” that will likely be for the betterment of the following technology and generations to return.
“We have now to bridge the hole, unify the neighborhood. We have now to be the pressure in motion,” he mentioned.
The FIA additionally organises its annual flagship occasion – the India Day Parade to mark India’s Independence Day in August. High US political leaders, lawmakers in addition to distinguished members of the Indian-American neighborhood and celebrities from India have participated within the annual parade that pulls a crowd of hundreds within the coronary heart of Manhattan annually.
Nevertheless, like final 12 months, the parade is not going to be held this 12 months too as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Former president of the FIA Alok Kumar mentioned that the reflection of the Indian tricolour on the Hudson River through the gala cruise will likely be a second of satisfaction for the diaspora and the Indian neighborhood.
Established in 1970, the FIA is among the many largest umbrella diaspora organisations.