Kashmir Solidarity USA and Indian American Festival Committee hoist Indian flag in Florida

From left, Edrine Malvoisin, Sandy Mistry, Suzy Diaz, Austin Lee, Krishna Prashad Das, Surinder Zutshi, and various guests at the Aug. 15, 2022, flag hoisting at Glenacres, Florida, organized by Kashmir Solidarity USA and Indian American Festival Committee. Photo: Kashmir Solidarity USA

The organization Kashmir Solidarity USA (KSUSA) along with Indian American Festival Committee (IAFC) celebrated India’s 75th anniversary of independence Aug. 15, 2022, at Forest Hill Blvd in Greenacres, Florida.

Sandy Mistry welcomed the guests including those the Mayor’s Public Information Officer Austin Lee, and  Councilwoman Susy Díaz, who was elected to the Greenacres City Council in March 2022.

Surinder Zutshi along with Austin Lee, Councilwoman Susy Díaz, and Sandy Mistry raised the Indian flag on a 24 foot tall flag to fly the tricolor flag to celebrate the occasion. Mr. Zutshi thanked all the guests for their efforts in making the occasion a great success. The flag raising was followed by an India lunch catered and served by Palace Cuisine of India.

After the lunch, puja and songs were performed by ISKCON.

Councilwoman Susy Diaz presenting Surinder Zutshi with the Mayor’s Proclamation on August 15, 2022, India’s 75th anniversary of independence, at the event held in Glenacres, FL, organized by Kashmir Solidarity USA and the Indian American Festival Committee. Photo: Kashmir Solidarity USA.

Councilwoman Díaz thanked Surinder K. Zutshi for his efforts and presented him with the proclamation from Mayor Joel Flores and read it to the guests.

Mistry thanked Mayor Flores for his proclamation which declared  August 15, 2021 as India Independence Day and also congratulated Zutshi for his work on bringing the Indian and American community together as well as his efforts against global terror. Surinder Zutshi thanked the Mayor’s office and said that he wanted America and India to continue to work together as the 2 largest democracies in the world.

Kashmir Solidarity USA’s Congressional Coordinator Neil Zutshi noted how India and the U.S. are similar, “They both have their rule of law rooted in their respective constitutions which guarantee freedoms for all people regardless of race, sex,creed, or origin.” He thanked President Biden for fighting terrorism, including the recent death of Ayman Al Zawahiri, a most-wanted terrorist. He also praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for abrogating Article 370 which had given autonomous status to the region, and said, ” It’s a great honor for India how the celebration of 75th Year of freedom was celebrated in the valley since BJP got elected.”



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