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Aug 16 – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared August 15, 2023, as “India Day” in honour of India’s 77th Independence Day.
In the proclamation, he referred to India as the world’s largest democracy, home to roughly one-fifth of the world’s population, with amazing variety and a rich cultural legacy.
“The contributions and heritage of Indian-Americans have played a vital role in helping and continuing to create a better nation and state,” he said.
Minnesota officially admitted Indian immigration with the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965, and it today has a population of roughly 55,000 Indian Americans.
According to Walz, Indians in Minnesota work as educators, business owners, healthcare professionals, technology entrepreneurs, and artists throughout the state.
The India Association of Minnesota conducted IndiaFest on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol to commemorate Indian culture, heritage, and customs with activities such as flag raising and a parade.
Meanwhile, Indians across the United States celebrated Independence Day with parades and demonstrations, as well as hoisting the national flag outside their homes in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.
On Tuesday morning, Indian Consul General in New York Randheer Jaiswal was accompanied by the Indian community as he unfurled the tricolour at Times Square.
On this momentous day, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his “best wishes” to the people of India, saying, “We stand with you in our shared commitment to tackle the most pressing global challenges to ensure the peace and prosperity of our people.”