On the coming 15th of August, India is all set to celebrate its Independence Day. For the first time in history, the Indian national flag will be hoisted in New York Times Square.
The Indian Diaspora is all set to host the national flag in Times Square which is touted to be the first instance in India’s history. The iconic destination in New York has been seen as a prolific spot. The unfurling of the Indian Tricolour will be hoisted by the federation of Indian associations of the three states – New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The federation issued a statement which said,
“It will be the first time ever that India’s tricolor will be unfurled at the iconic venue in all its glory. The Times Square flag hoisting ceremony is a testament to the Indian-American community’s growing patriotism and is a fitting tribute to the Federation of Indian Associations which is celebrating its golden jubilee year.”
Several Events Planned Up
The guest of honor for the event celebrating the Indian Independence will be Randhir Jaiswal, the Consul General of India in New York. The event will have hoisting of the tricolor followed by the annual tradition of lighting the empire state building in tricolor on the evening of the 14th of August.
Earlier last week, the Times Square was in the news for having displayed the imagery of the Ram Mandir during the foundation-laying ceremony of the temple that has been touted as the biggest day in the Hindu community. On the same day, the 5th of August, it also marked the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370. Times Square also had the imagery in a display of the plights of the Kashmir region.
August 15th also happens to be the deadline given by the Indian Council of Medical Research for the announcement of India’s first coronavirus vaccine.