Chandigarh, August 17 --The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal yesterday , became the first Chief Minister of any State of India to participate in the annual India Independence Day parade in New York ever since its inception. The largest-ever parade of 38000 Indian Americans has even been recorded in the Guinness Book of World records.
A gala ceremony full of patriotic fervor and marked by cultural events, songs and speeches, tributes to the martyrs and the contribution made by the Indian-American community were major highlights of the parade that started at the 38th Street and Madison Avenue . It consisted of marching contingents that walked several market blocks to reach the main stage.
Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Haryana Brand Ambassador for Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao programme Ms Parineeti Chopra, actor Arjun Rampal and Cricketer Virender Sehwag also participated in the parade.
Extending Independence Day greetings to the Indian diaspora in USA on the occasion, the Chief Minister who is on his maiden visit to New York, USA, after taking over the reins of the Haryana Government, said that August 15 is a very important day in the lives of Indians all over the world. It was on this day 68 years ago that India became a free nation by overthrowing the colonial British rule and began its “tryst with destiny." He complimented the Indian American community for its hard work and massive contributions to the growth of USA and also for its superb pride in celebrating India Day every year. He said that by remembering the sacrifices of their motherland's freedom fighters they make a significant contribution to strengthening people to people ties between the world's two most vibrant democracies.
Mr. Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consulate General at New York complimented the Chief Minister on participating in this parade that was filled with patriotic fervor.Organized by the Federation of Indian Associations, Mr. Chandrakant Pathak and Mr. Jayesh Patel have been the force behind the parade’s successful conduct.