Souvenir released by Lt Governor of Maryland

Maryland , January 30 (Raj Gogna)- Under the banner of the National Council of Asian Indian Association Inc. and Sikhs of America the Indian community of the greater Washington metropolitan area celebrated Republic Day of India with a banquet in which the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Mr. Boyd K. Rutherford was the Chief Guest. Community members from all walks of life joined in the celebration. The program started with national anthems of the United States and India. The community seemed to be surprised that neither the ambassador nor the DCM attended the function while the celebration was being held only a few miles away from the embassy. The state of Maryland is planning to take a business delegation to India. Presence at the podium of a high ranking official from the embassy would have been helpful.

The president of NCAIA Mr. Pavan Bezwada introduced the program and welcomed the guests. Dr. Suresh K.Gupta, Chairman of NCAIA gave a brief history of the organization. Mr. Baljinder (Sammy) Singh on behalf of the coordinators of the function welcomed all the participants, sponsors and advertisers included. A souvenir was published for the occasion and was distributed among the guests. The committee of editors consisted of Nagendar madhavram, Surindar Singh Gill, Rabin Goshwami and Anadi Naik.

In his remarks Mr. Ritherford, the lieutenant Governor, said that Maryland has a large population with doctorate and graduate degrees. Most of them are Indians. He expected his state to do well with the contribution from a highly educated community like this. He said “Maryland is open for business” and hoped that with the help from the Indian community business between India and Maryland would turn a new page. The Lieutenant Governor was introduced by Mr. Jassi Singh of the Sikhs of America. “Mr. Routherford is a “humble man” and a “personal friend” he said.

The Lieutenant Governor’s speech was followed by Mr. Puneet Kundal of the Indian embassy. In his remark Mr. Kundal narrated the significance of January 26 in India’s history. He also mentioned how far India has come and the difficulties it faces in its journey toward progress. Mr. Kundal was introduced by Mr. Anadi Naik. Maryland Secretary of State Mr. John Wobensmith also spoke. He was introduced by Mr. Devang Saha.

The organization recognized Mr. Prabhjot Singh Kohli, M. Jassi Singh, Mr. Mohan Grover, Mr. P.C. Misra of the Indian Embassy and Asif Ismael for their outstanding contribution to the community.

Mr. Mike MC Dermott, Secretary of the Community Affairs for the State of Maryland Each of them was handed a plaque by the Lieutenant Governor Mr. Rutherford. The program was interspersed with music and dance. The Yuba Dance Academy students Arpita Subud, Limbani Bora,Maushumi Phukan, Hanna Khan and others performed classical and Bollywood dances from Odisha, Assam, Punjab and Gujarat. Sangeeta Simcota and Roma Sharma wowed the audience with beautiful melodies. The cultural program was coordinated by Rabin Goswami and Arundhotee Goswami.

Mr. Wobensmith ,the Secretary of the State of Marylane read Governor Larry Hogan’s proclamation that the day of January 28, 2018 is declared as India Day in Maryland. The proclamation was handed to the President of NCAIA. On the whole, it was an extremely festive occasion and every participant enjoyed the celebration.

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