San Francisco Mayor London Breed presents a proclamation to Consulate General of India in San Francisco, Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad, designating August 15, 2021 as “Indian-American Friendship and Heritage Day,” on the occasion of flag raising to commemorate India’s 75th Independence Day at the iconic San Francisco City Hall, Aug. 15. The occasion marked the first time that the City Hall was lit up in the tricolor.
Consul General Prasad also hoisted India’s national flag at the historic Gadar Memorial at the consulate to commemorate the day. The in-person and virtual celebration was attended by members of the Indian community and friends of India.
Prasad also attended an event hosted by the Federation of Indian American (FIA) and Festival of Globe (FOG) at Fremont Hindu Temple, Aug. 15. Attendees included Dr. R.K. Japra, of Festival of Globe, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein, Santa Clara Vice Mayor Raj Chahal and Fremont Councilmembers Raj Salwan and Teresa Cox. The celebration included patriotic songs, classical dance performances by children.
Gov. Gavin Newsom also conveyed his greetings on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day of India. “California is made stronger by the rich diversity, innovation, and culture of its Indian communities, and by our continued partnerships and cooperation with India,” read the proclamation. “California and India have strong trade and investment ties. Moreover, India and California have a history of important collaborations on climate, with four Indian states and one union territory committing to the Under 2 Coalition,” Newsom said. “It is thus an important time to acknowledge the many contributions Indian communities have made to the state of California and our country.”