The members of the Indian Community in Fresno and the Central Valley are celebrating India’s 67th Independence Day on Saturday, August 24th at 4:30 pm at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union Hall, followed by a dinner at 7:00 pm at Hope Lutheran Church (northwest corner of Fresno and Barstow Ave.). Dr. Kiran Bedi, a social activist and a prominent leader of the anti-corruption movement in India and Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Fresno State’s new university president are our guests of honor at the celebration. We wish to extend our warm welcome and thanks to Dr. Kiran Bedi for her long travel from India to Fresno and for taking time from her busy schedule to be our chief guest speaker. We also want to offer our heartiest welcome to Dr. Joseph I. Castro, a native son of our valley, as new president of Fresno State, and express our deep thanks for accepting our invitation to give a welcome address at the celebration. We hope to continue building stronger relationships between the University and the Indian community of the Central Valley as we have done in the past.
During the celebration, special tributes are planned in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Gadar Movement, which started in the United States for the freedom of India from British rule and the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda who brought the philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the West. Poster exhibitions in honor of both anniversaries will be on display. At the dinner event, Dr. Kiran Bedi will speak on India Today and Tomorrow. 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