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Washington's King County declares Amrit Kaal Day

The King County, WA becomes the first in the US to proclaim March 16th as Amrit Kaal Day.

T.V Nagendra Prasad receives the proclamation in Seattle. Image - LinkedIn/Washington State and India trade relations Action Committee (WASITRAC)

King County in Seattle, Washington, issued a proclamation recognising March 16, 2023 as ‘Amrit Kaal Day’ in honor of India and the Indian Diaspora. The proclamation day was presented to the Consul General of India at San Francisco, Dr. TV Nagendra Prasad when he was welcomed in Seattle.

The term “Amrit Kaal” was  first used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2021 during the 75th Independence Day celebrations, comes from Vedic astrology, signifies the best and most auspicious time to start new work. In the Indian context it refers to the ‘pivotal period’ between India's 75th independence to the centennial anniversary.

The proclamation signed by Dow Constantine, King County Executive, highlighted the contributions of the Indian diaspora in the region. “About 100,000 Indian Americans now live in King County, among them small business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of Washington companies, including founding officers of many King County-based tech companies,” the proclamation read.

“Indian Americans reflect the values of inclusion and pluralism through their many cultural and religious identities," it added noting that this year India hosts the G-20 nations summit for the first time and has a crucial role to play in international issues including trade, sustainable development, health, agriculture, energy, environment, climate change, and anti-corruption efforts.

The event was attended by Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu, Seattle Deputy Mayor Greg Wong, Bellevue Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis, board chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Pallavi Wahi, Washington State Democrats chair Shasti Conrad and many Indian American Business and Community leaders