ANAHEIM, CA – Indian Ambassador to the US Dr. S Jaishankar; Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal; Congressman Ed Royce; Cousul General of India in San Francisco N. Parthasarathi; California Assemblyman Don Wagner and many other dignitaries and...
Ambassador Jaishankar said India was close to a very big change as after 30 years, a single party had complete majority with practical leaders who had experience of running state governments and were motivated to change the way the country works. He said there was a very sharp level of awareness among the leaders and at the same time there was enormous confidence to address challenges. One could feel the sense of purpose and determination in the new government and the Indian-American community will have a chance to witness this during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the U S in September. He invited people to attend the community welcome event for Modi to take place in New York. He added that that the management and preparation for the visit rests on Biswal’s shoulders and it was a great pleasure working with her.
The Ambassador said it was a pleasure to be in the constituency of Ed Royce who was widely respected not just in the US but internationally. He described Royce as a person of great wisdom and insight who had amazing leadership skills on policy issues and a very dear friend of India as well..He lauded Cousul General N. Parthasarthy as one of the most distinguished and senior colleague who had done a lot for the Indian-American community and his presence in the California meant a lot to him..
Royce spoke of his visit to Gujarat immediately after it was hit by earthquake in 2001, saying he had seen total devastation there but Gujarat made a come back in record time and now it had 25% of all exports out of India and was growing over 10% annually, year to year. He said the other thing that had caught his attention on the ground was then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi who was handling the situation and out of seeming chaos had made order. On Indo-US relations, he said he had always tried to deepen and strengthen ties between the two countries. The Indo-American community had a great future and children of this community had the highest percentage of advanced degrees than any in the US. Royce went on to add that people had great opportunity to excel here and he wanted to see that opportunity translate in India as well. Lauding Ambassador Jaishankar he said he was the first ambassador representing the new Indian government in the US and had a key role to play in view of the forthcoming visit of the Indian PM. He said since it was a well known fact that India was in very tough neighborhood, it was necessary that work needed to be done on was sharing intelligence assets. He thanked Ambassador Jaishankar and Nisha Biswal who had come all the way from Washington DC.
State Assemblyman Don Wagner read an Invocation at the start of the event.
Former Pro Tem Mayor of Anaheim Harry Sidhu who is currently on the Orange County Water Board thanked all the dignitaries for attending and volunteers and supporters who helped put the event together. Sidhu and his wife Gin had hosted the event at their residence. Sidhu said it was a privilege to have Ambassador Jaisankar and Nisha Biswal who had made all Indian-Americans proud.
The event was emceed by Deepak Krishnan. Earlier Anaheim Police Department Color Guard presented the colors (U.S. & California State flags) and the Indian TriColor was hoisted by retired Indian veterans .
Vocalist and actor Erika Miller sang the American National Anthem while the Pandey family sang the Indian National Anthem. Student of Savithri Arts Academy, Vinaini Jayasinghe performed a Bharatanatyam item. She also presented ‘Tilana’ another popular style of Bharatanatyam. World renowned dancer Sonali Acharya from Assam, who had danced for 25 hours and 25 minutes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, presented an Odissi recital leaving the audience mesmerized. Nauzad Sadry sang two patriotic songs in his melodious voice.