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.