India’s Independence Day reception held at the Chicago Cultural Center

Some 400 invited guests attended the Indian Consulate General’s Independence Day celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center Aug. 15, 2023. PHOTO: Indian Consulate

The Consulate General of India in Chicago hosted the 77th Independence Day reception in the Chicago Cultural Centre on August 15, 2023.

Members from the Consular Corps, elected representatives from Capitol Hill and state and local government, prominent members of the Indian community, friends of India, academia, and media representatives joined the reception, a press release from the Consulate said.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., speaking at the August 15, 2023, India’s Independence Day reception held at the Chicago Cultural Center. PHOTO: Indian Consulate

More than 400 invited dignitaries attended and several spoke on the India-USA partnership and the significance of Independence Day of the world’s largest democracy. A brief but highly professional cultural performance entertained the audience.

In his remarks, Consul General Somnath Ghosh remembered the traumatic experience of partition and subsequent socio-economic progress in the newly independent India, which blossomed into the world’s largest democracy.

India’s Consul General in Chicago Somnath Ghosh, right, holds up a proclamation, Aug. 15, 2023, at an India Independence Day reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. PHOTO: Indian Consulate

Referring to the “Panch Pran” or five pledges, he emphasized on India’s goal to become a knowledge-driven, developed, and inclusive economy by the end of the Amrit Kal, in 2047.

He elaborated on the India-USA partnership in the light of the recently concluded state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June. He also spoke on the forthcoming G20 Summit in India.

He called upon the Indian American community and American business as well as innovators to work closely for a shared global vision outlined in the India-USA Joint Statement issued on June 22, 2023.



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