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January 21, 2009 > India's Republic Day celebration slated for this month

India's Republic Day celebration slated for this month

By Meenu Gupta

January 26 is one of the most important dates in the history of India. Celebrated as Republic Day of India and decreed as a national holiday, on this day in 1950 India became a Republic and its constitution was enacted. Republic Day is celebrated as a great national festival throughout the country, especially in the capital city of New Delhi where a grand parade is held each year. Regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force march past in all their finery followed by spectacular displays of the cultural heritage from the different states of India.

Honoring fellow citizens of the Indo-American community, the Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California (FIA) will pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to achieve India's independence 59 years ago. "FIA has been celebrating Republic Day and Independence Day events for over 20 years," said Rajesh Verma, Chief Financial Officer. As a nonprofit umbrella organization of over 30 Indo American organizations, it represents more than 100,000 Indo-Americans of Northern California.

"[Our] Republic Day celebration will include mayors, councilpersons, the Consulate General of India, Sushmita Thomas and other dignitaries. The cultural program for this event is coordinated by FIA Vice President of Cultural Affairs Vijaya Aasuri" said Mr. Verma. National anthems of India and USA, patriotic songs, speeches by dignitaries and dances by Indo-American youth will be followed by dinner with invited dignitaries.

The program also includes a recognition award ceremony. "This year we will be honoring City of San Jose newly elected councilpersons Ash Kalra and Rose Herrera, Milpitas Mayor, Robert Livengood, community activists Vinod Sawhney, MD and Ro Khanna for outstanding community service and for being a friend of Indo-Americans. Ash Kalra is an Indo-American who was elected as a City of San Jose Councilperson. Anu Natrajan is another Indo-American who is currently a Fremont Councilperson," said Mr. Verma.

"FIA President Romesh Japra, MD and Chairman Chandru Bhambhra on behalf of Board of Directors and members of FIA would like to congratulate all Indo Americans on this Republic Day celebration of India and would like them to come and enjoy the event," he added. FIA is also seeking association memberships that cover all FIA sponsored events. Details are available at the FIA official website,

"This event is free for FIA members. For non-members there is a charge of $25 per admission," said Sonia, Program Coordinator.

Republic Day Celebration
Sunday, January 25
6:30 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Avenue, Newark
(510) 938-8668

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