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Every year, India's Independence Day is celebrated by all proud Indians in India and NRIs worldwide. The day is observed as a national holiday in India  for the country. Though, local governments conduct the ceremony of flag hoisting all over India, the venue of main celebration is the Red Fort in the capital city New Delhi in India.

The republic of India gained its independence from the rule of the British on 15 August 1947. Since then, this date of 15 August is celebrated as the Independence Day in India to commemorate its freedom from the 200-year-old British government. In 1757, after the British victory in the Battle of Plassey, the rule of East India Company started in India. In 1858,  the British Crown had assumed control over India.
Just before the World War I, many movements and acts were carried out by  NRIs from California and Vancouver,  the Indian National Congress, freedom fighters and the people of India . This led to revolutionary calls for independence, and sparked the phase of non-violent and non-cooperation movements followed by civil disobedience until  August  15, 1947.
In the month of June in 1947, the prominent Indian leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Abul Kalam Azad, Master Tara Singh and B. R. Ambedkar agreed for a partition of India along religious outline. The Sikh and Hindu areas were marked as India, while Muslim area as Pakistan. This  approaching independence could not decrease the Hindu-Muslim violence in Bengal and Punjab.  This Hindu-Muslim violence took away around 250,000 to 500,000 lives.  Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed India's independence by reading out his famous speech known as "Tryst with destiny" on Aug 15, 1947……Gary Singh


Artesia City (CA) joins FIA in celebrating India Independence day

Artesia, Los Angeles, Aug. 16, 2014

 FIA,  Federation of Indo American Association (Mahajan associates) along with  Artesia City celebrated India's 68th Independence Day with cultural performances such as classical, folk dances  and Bhangra. There were more than 55 booths of Indian food, Indian clothing, jewelry and many more. Organizers estimated more than 3500 NRIs attended the celebration.

Mr. Ramesh Mahajan spoke about the sacrifices made by many leaders and freedom fighter of India for this freedom. They paid their tribute to Bhagat Sing, Mahatma Gandhi, Shivaji Jhansi Ki Rani Bal Ganga dhar talk Lal bahadur Shstri who gave the slogan Jai jawan jai Kisan and many more.

 India Independence day  event  started by 6 pm with Ganesh vandana group and  bhangra dance by students of Sri Shakti shared dance school of Vijiya Bhanu who has been teaching classical and folk dances to young children for two decades in southern California. Many other local artist from Ada dance academy also participated in this celebration. Their color full Bhangra dance was high light of the show that was directed by Apra Gupta.

Tony Lima, Mayor of Artesia wished everyone happy Independence Day

About 7.30 pm, all the VIP guest were invited at the stage including Tony Lima, Mayor of Artesia; Tony Mandoza, Fmr. Assemblymember/ Teacher for State Senate 2014; Jim Mec Donald, Sheriff; Mr. Ali, Artesia Assembly man; Hary Sidhu,  Member of water board of orange county, Fmr.  Mayor Pro Tem.  INDIAN  and US national anthem were sung  and tri color flags were waved. It was very festive atmosphere with patriotic song playing at full volume.

The entire guest spoke for few minutes and wished everyone happy Independence Day.  Flag was hoisted by VIPs; string was pulled and raised petals showered on the ground.

“Rain drops comes from the top and gives new life to all the farm and trees, rays of sun comes from the sky and spreads the light to every home and corner now with the leader ship of Modi Ji good thing will flow from the top to nurture the whole nation.” Kamini Khare said in her speech. “ Hun Na khai ge a khane de ge kisi ko.”

“Hoke pardeshi kya desh bhool jayenge, Jab bhi pukaro maa, dore chale ayenge,” Rashmi Shah said in his speech. “We have our dignitaries all lined up on stage and as we see them it really feels good as all of them are holding the Indian Tiranga Flags and are proudly displaying them.”