It is my great honor and privilege to welcome you all to India’s 68th Independence Day celebration in Fresno, the heart of California’s Central Valley and the fruit basket of the world. The Central Valley is as wonderfully rich in cultural diversity as it is in its agricultural productivity. On August 23, 2014, the Indian community of the Central Valley will celebrate India’s 68th Independence Day at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union Hall starting at 4:30 pm. The celebration is followed by a dinner at 7:00 pm at Elephant Lounge in Clovis. There will be a special ceremony at the dinner in honor of our guests to express our deep gratitude for their services and cooperation extended to our community. We are very proud of this tradition of celebration which has been going on since the late sixties. This year’s celebration includes a vibrant cultural program and a tribute to the world’s largest democracy. Our guests of honor are the Honorable Shri N. Parthasarathi, Consul General of India, San Francisco and his wife Smt. Geeta Parthasarathi, and Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President, California State University, Fresno and his wife Mary Castro, First Lady, California State University, Fresno.
This is a special year as India has a new government in power in New Delhi under the leadership of Mr. Narender Modi. The new government is committed to put India on high growth and development path. We wish Mr. Modi all the best in his efforts for improving the image of India and the conditions of the poor and downtrodden people in India. We hope that his visit to the United States in September revitalizes the ties between the two countries. The event this year is hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations of Central Valley and co-sponsored by Fresno State’s Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute, Indian Students Club at Fresno State and the State Bank of India in Fresno. The Council is a conglomeration of several Indian organizations and groups operating in the Central Valley and replaces the Independence Day Planning Committee. It is the result of several years of efforts to bring the Council in existence. We request that you support the Council and its efforts. If time permits, please join us. We welcome volunteers. We now have our website which is fresnoindian.com. You may wish to check it out from time to time. We wish you all a very Happy Independence Day Celebration.
Kirpal Singh Sihota
President, Council of Indian Organizations