SACRAMENTO,CA-For the first time in California history, the State Senate and State Assembly adopted a Senate Concurrent Resolution by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) declaring January 26 as “India Republic Day” and recognizing the contributions of the Asian Indian American community to California. A special ceremony was...
“Today, we pay tribute to India’s independence, its thriving democracy and the vitality and contributions of the Asian Indian American community to the diverse fabric of California,” said Mendoza.
The Resolution observes January 26, 2015 as “India Republic Day” and urges all Californians to join in celebrating India Republic Day. The resolution recognizes the history of Republic Day, noting that on Dec. 31, 1929, Indian nationalists unfurled a new flag and pledged that every January 26 thereafter would be celebrated as Republic Day. The first Republic Day celebrations were held two decades later, as an independent India declared its allegiance to a new Constitution which went into effect on January 26, 1950.
India Republic Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of this vibrant community in California. More than 536,000 Asian Indian Americans reside in California contributing to its culture and society through achievements in food, medicine, business, and technology. “I thank the Indian Consul General and the Asian Indian American community of California for sharing the joy of this wonderful day with us and reminding us of its significance, and for its dedication to core community values of family, service, knowledge and peace,” said Mendoza. “We thank the California State Senate and Senator Tony Mendoza for joining in celebrating the 66th Republic Day of India. We are confident that the already strong ties in technology, trade, culture and education, as well as people-to-people contacts, will be further enriched and enhanced in the future,”said Consul General Venkatesan Ashok.