Houston Keeps Spirits High for India’s 66th Republic Day Celebrations at India House

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By Vanshika Vipin

Photos: Bijay Dixit

HOUSTON: As all traditions in Houston progress through the years, Indo-Americans from all over Houston continue to celebrate their annual tradition of India’s Republic day on January 26, at India House, Houston. The event commemorates the day when India’s constitution came into force on January 26, 1950, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic and giving people the power to choose their own government. India House was set up with glorious decorations consisting of India and Texas flags to fill the halls commemorating the occasion. In honor of the day United States, Indian and Texas flags were hoisted outside the front entrance of India House by the President of India House – Jugal Malani, Board of Director – Col. Raj Bhalla and President of ICC -Charlie Patel.

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Not only Indo- Americans but also people from diverse cultures attended the occasion with a spirit of brotherhood and good will. Together they embodied the patriotic spirit of Independent India. Both the Indian as well as the U.S national anthems were sung at the occasion to derive a feeling of oneness. Michael Miller, the Program Manager of India House, sang the U.S National Anthem. All the Indians attending the occasion proudly sang the Indian National Anthem. A feeling of proudness surely filled the halls of the occasion. The Indian patriotic songs that were played led everyone to a nostalgic trip down the memory lane, reminding us of the courageous spirit of freedom fighters. Dr. Upadhyay gave the Patriotic rendition of the event as he recited his poem on patriotism called “Saugandh”

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Representative from Senator Ellis’ Office, Dawn Hurd spoke at the event sending greetings and awarded a certificate of recognition for India House at the occasion.   Other members that spoke at this occasion were Jugal Malani, Devi Prasad Rungta and Charlie Patel. As the event proceeded to the end delicious snacks and appetizers were served to everyone, catered by Madras Pavilion.

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The event surely was a one to remember as it not only made us feel proud but also connected us with our Indian roots again and reminded us that even though we are far away for home, the love for our country is embedded in our hearts.

For more information on India House and its various programs visit at www.indiahouse.org or contact vipin@indiahouseinc.org or call at 713-929-1900.