NEW YORK (TIP): One of the most significant attractions at the Parade was the presence of Dr. Shashi Tharoor Congress MP. from India who was seen on the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA float. As expected, he was warmly received by the crowd at the starting point of the parade along with other leaders and celebrities.
Before the parade began Tharoor told mediapersons that the event has been growing in importance and visibility over the years, pointing to the increasing “consciousness” of Indians in the world.
“This shows Indians have really arrived and a made a mark in this society. It is a great celebration of the motherland in the new country,” he said. Tharoor noted that India has come a long way from the condition in which the British had left the country in 1947.
He cited the dismal growth and literacy rates, life expectancy and maternal and child mortality figures when India got its independence and said that India has made tremendous improvements in the past 68 years “but we can’t afford to be complacent”. INOC, USA leaders including George Abraham, Chairman, Juned Qazi, President, Harbachan Singh, General Secretary, Mohinder Singh Gilzian, Sr. Vice-President, Jose George, Treasurer together with Executive members and various chapter heads and loyal supporters of the Congress marched the entire route drawing big applause from the viewing crowd. The large banner INOC leaders carried read ‘Independence won and Freedom preserved: thanks to the Indian National Congress’ an expression of gratitude to the party that has mostly transformed the nation into one of the economic powers in the world.
“Celebrating India’s 69th Anniversary of Independence at the India Day Parade in New York tops the world in its size and enthusiasm when it comes to spontaneous exuberance of grandeur and pageantry of India in all its colors, cultures, costumes, dances and music”, said Harbachan Singh Secretary General of Indian National Overseas Congress, USA. ‘It has always been an exhilarating experience to be part of the India Day Parade’ said George Abraham. ‘It was indeed a time to celebrate freedom, liberty and justice, a Nehruvian legacy for India that INOC will persevere to preserve and protect’ he added.