Consulate General of India Chicago Celebrates 62nd Republic Day
Chicago, IL: On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, Honorable Consul General Mrs. Mukta Tomar celebrated 62nd Republic Day with leading Chicago-land entrepreneurs and citizens to honor the sacrifices our freedom fighters have fought and to remember the work of our Founding Fathers, for giving to us a country where our dignity and individual freedom is assured. She also extended her warmest greetings to all across the country and also to those living abroad at the Indian Consulate located in the heart of downtown at 455 North City Front Plaza Drive, NBC Tower. Over 100 guests gathered from citywide to celebrate this occasion.
The event began at 10am as the Honorable Consul General saluted the Indian Flag as she held the rope to release the Indian Flag called “Dhhwaj Vandan” to respect and honor the Indian Flag followed by singing an Indian National Anthem. She also recited the speech given by honorable president of India SMT. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the eve of republic day on 25th January, 2011 in India. Consul General Tomar was the perfect hostess and radiated with hospitality, courtesy and humbleness along with the entire Consulate General team.
26th January is a very significant date in our nation’s calendar, when we celebrate the establishment of free India as a Republic based on the ideology of justice and equality. It must also be an occasion when we rededicate ourselves to maintaining harmony, peace and brotherhood. Most of all, it is a time to introspect about how we have fared so far, and in, which direction are we progressing. For our achievements, the foremost credit goes to the drive and the dedicated hard work of millions of men and women of our country. We are witness to the increasing influence of India and its steady economic growth that has brought prosperity to an increasing number of people.
It is also a day to be proud of our successes and to remind of ourselves about many other significant tasks that are yet to be accomplished; In particular the pledge to empower the poor and the marginalized sections of our population so that they too can become a part of the growth story of our nation.
Delicious snack items were also served during the celebration. Mouth watering Jalebies and Bundi Ladoos were served with khamans, Idles, Pâtés and other snacks along with a variety of soft drinks on behalf of the Consulate General.
The Consulate Team members, Heena Mehta, Heena Dixit, Dhara Rawal, Radhika Sethuraman, Neelima Varanasi, Kinnari Shah, Renuka Jain, Sabu kan, and Vishwas Sapkal along with other team members were present to celebrate this occasion. Some of the native Chicagoans who gathered for this significant day were Sunil Shah, Naresh Shah, Niranjan Shah, Amrish Mahajan, Iftekhar Shareef, Vinita, Ramanbhai Patel, Dr. Kapadia, Nand Kapoor, Suresh Kumar, Om Prakash Kamaria, Usha Kamaria were to name a few. Regional Manager of State Bank of India, Air India and Engineering Export Promotion council of India also attended the event.
Media Partners present were Suresh Bodiwala from Asian Media USA, Vandana Jhingan from TV Asia and Jatinder Bedi from India Reporter. Avani Shah of Asian Media had an opportunity to find out Mrs. Mukta Tomar’s perspective on the Republic Day where she would like to “extend her warm Greetings to all and wishes everyone a very Happy Republic Day.”
On this significant day, we would like to encourage Compassion, non-violence and goodwill, which may always flow in unison. With these words, once again greet all fellow citizens on the occasion of Republic Day. Jai Hind!
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