Indians in America celebrated the 65th Independence Day with India
Day parades in seven major cities with a call against corruption
in their homeland in support of social activist Anna Hazare.
India Day parades were organised Sunday in Washington D.C., New
Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco by
India Against Corruption (IAC) and People for Loksatta (PFL),
which had initiated Dandi March-II, a 240 mile (386 km) walk in
support of Hazare in March.
At the biggest event in New Jersey, some 180 people wearing white
T-shirts and Gandhi caps and waving the Indian national flag
walked along Oak Tree Road in pouring rain shouting slogans like
"We Want Jan Lokpal", "I Am Anna", "Anna, We Are With You" and
"Anna Hazare - Desh Tere Saath Hai!, Videsh Tere Saath Hai!".
Many volunteers carried placards saying - "I am Anna" and "It is
not one Anna. We are Thousands" in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil,
Marathi and other Indian languages.
Young and old from all walks of life, technologists, engineers,
businessmen, doctors, students, children and a few pregnant women
too joined the celebrations, chanting "Vande Mataram" and "Jai
Hind" and singing "Hum Honge Kamyaab" (We shall overcome).
The march ended with the singing of India's national anthem.
In Houston, Indian Americans and volunteers of several
organizations like IAC, PFL, 5th Pillar and Bharat Swabhiman
joined a gathering near a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Similar functions were organised in Washington D.C., Boston,
Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
(Arun Kumar can
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)