Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the Indian Ambassador to the United States, hosted the 77th Independence Day celebrations at India House in Washington, DC. As part of the celebrations, Ambassador Sandhu paid floral tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and unfurled the tricolor in the presence of Indians, diaspora members, and friends of India.
Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Sandhu emphasized that under the leadership of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden, the India–US partnership today is “one of the most consequential relationships” in the world.
He stated that PM Modi's recent visit to the United States reaffirmed deep bonds of friendship and provided a new impetus to cooperation between the countries. "The range of initiatives announced during the visit span all areas of human endeavour and are a testament to the mutual trust between both countries," he said.
Hailing the over 4 million strong Indian Diaspora, including 200,000 Indian students in the United States as the key pillar of the India-US relationship, the diplomat said, "Their talent, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation contribute to the prosperity of both India and the United States and serve to strengthen the relations.”
"The commemoration 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," Ambassador Sandhu remarked. He highlighted that this year’s Independence Day celebrations are special as it coincides with India’s G20 presidency, which is guided by the ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.’
Adding flavour to the event, a cultural program involving the rendition of patriotic songs depicting India’s diversity was presented by the young Indian Diaspora from the Gandharva School of Music. The winners of the painting competition organized by the Embassy on the theme of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ were felicitated while The ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’ and ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaigns were commemorated with a display of a large handcrafted Indian Tricolor.