India Day Celebrated on Long Island, NY

By Indu Jaiswal

On a beautiful Monday morning of August 15th, at the ceremonial chambers of Nassau County Executive building on Long Island, NY was decorated with white , orange and green colors. Sounds of Dhol and music was playing and enthralled the guests. Occasion was Celebration of 70th anniversary of Independence Day of India hosted by Nassau County Executive Honorable Edward P Mangano , Indian American Forum, IDPUSA and India Association of Long island. Program started with Independence Day March led by Dr Urmilesh Arya, Board of trustees of IAF and Nanga, member of Indian Veterans Association. And several other dignitaries, honorees  and members joined in., Patriotic songs and Dhol reminded everyone of Independence Day in India.

Honorable County Executive and members of Indian Veterans Association unfurled the flag and saluted the Indian Flag.  Program started with American National anthem sung by Eesha Butani and Indian National anthem by Christy Narine. Welcome remarks were given by Indu Jaiswal IAF Chair and Beena Kothari President IALI and IDPUSA.

Bobby Kumar Kalotee, introduced NASSAU County Executive Honorable Edward P Mangano. Dr Parveen Chopra, trustee of IAF and well known Community Leader spoke about Indo American relations and thanked Mr Mangano for his continued support towards Indian American Community.

On this occasion India Independence Day Awards were presented to the following by Honorable Edward P Mangano. Dr Dattatreryudu Nori, is professor and Chairman of the radiation Oncology Department and Director of the Cancer Center at New York Presbyterian/Queens and professor and Executive vice Chairman of the Radiation Oncology department at New York Presbyterian Hospital=Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr Nori has an international reputation as a pioneer and authority in the cancer field, Dr Vijay Shah is Vice Chairman of Friends for good health whose mission is to serve preventive health care to our sisters and brothers all over the world. An Oncologist by profession and good Humanitarian

Penny K Sandhu, has been in journalism for over three decades. Founder of Jus Punjabi and several other channels providing community support, world class broadcasting  and services through several TV Channels

Dr Manjul Bhargava is the Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton university, an also hold Adjunct Professor positions at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. Professor Bhargava is widely acclaimed for his teaching and his efforts to  disseminate mathematics and improve mathematics education

Dr Dipali Pandya, Pediatrician by profession, providing unconditional services to the senor programs in long Island. Bina Sabapathy, known in the tristate area for her community services and social contributions. Member of several prominent associations in New York, Vimal Goyal, Treasurer of India Association of Long Island and well known business man, known for his community services and philanthropy. Program ended with patriotic  medley presented by Sangeet forum of IALI, organized by Jyoti Gupta. Also presented was Shila Shah Gavnoudis, commissioner of Nassau County Department of Public Works, Sunita Manjrekar, Director of Employment Programs at Nassau county, and several distinguished members of Indian American Community. Guests enjoyed traditional Indian Breakfast and sweets provided by Rajbho

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