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Los Angeles NRIs, celebrated India's 59th Republic Day
Shaheed Bhagat Singh's centenary

Los Angeles, January 28, 2008
Gary Singh

On Sunday, January 27, Federation of Indo-American Associations of Southern California (FIA-SC) celebrated India's 59th Republic Day by commemorating Shaheed Bhagat Singh's centenary at Diamond Bar Community Centre, 1600 South Grand Ave, Diamond Bar, Calofornia. There were more than 400 NRIs including local leaders attend the function who enjoyed songs, bhangra and dinner.

The congregation came alive with the touch of patriotic and devotional music rendered by the local NRIs. Preetpal contribute audio visual on shaheed Bhagat Singh and was appreciate by FIA-SC team.

Surinder Singh Bhogal, president of Federation of Indo-American Associations of Southern California (FIA-SC) greeted and congratulated the NRI community on the solemn and happy occasion of India's Republic Day. He said:

  • The date was officially chosen as Republic Day because it was on January 26, 1950, constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. On this day India became a totally republic unit.
  • It was a matter of gratification that India was doing very well in her developmental endeavours and we should all be proud of it.
  • I salute the great Indian freedom fighters and honored by Sardar Bhagat Singh's sacrifice at the age of 23 who was shown us this day of Independent Day


Mr. Dinesh Bhargava, chairman of FIA-SC said:

  • We made utmost efforts to represent the Indian community in Southern California. I beleive, away from our motherland we should share our good fortune and be there for each other and no community member should be without help or hope in this great land of opportunity.
  • I would like to congraulate and wish all the best to our new President for 2008 Mr. Surinder Singh Bhogal

United State House representative, Gary Miller said it is great privilege that I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Federation of Indo-American Associations of Southern California (FIA-SC) for hosting the celebration India Republic Day. I wish the entire Indian community a day of great celebration and future success.

City of Diamond Bar's Mayor Jack Tanaka said I am proud of your hard work and the success that you have achieved. It is wonderful day to educate the younger generation of the beauty and richness of Indian Culture. On behalf of Diamond Bar City Council and the residents of this city, I am extending my words of appreciation for hosting India's Republic Day.




….Thank you most sincerely for your wonderful contribution to the Federation of Indo-American Associations of Southern California (FIA-SC) and it was a real success. It was a very special event- commemorating Shaheed Bhagat Singh's centenary perfectly organized in a great place with dinner and songs. You entertained us in such a way that no one else could ever surpass. You indeed have a special gift, which I know must give great pleasure to all who hear you throughout the programme.........

If you should want me to provide a testimonial for any future engagement you may have, then please do not hesitate to contact me.…. Gary Singh,


January 26
  • The Republic Day of India is celebrated every year on Jan. 26 to commemorate the day in 1950 that India's constitution came into full force and it became a republic.
  • Although India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, the Constitution of India came into effect only on January 26, 1950. During the transition period from 1947 to 1950, King George VI was the head of country. C. Rajagopalachari served as the Governor-General of India during this period. Following January 26, 1950, Rajendra Prasad was elected as the president of India.

At the age of 20 years first police arrest 1927