Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, Celebrates Diwali

Ambassador of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar, hosted Diwali function at the Embassy Residence on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The function was attended by more than 300 dignitaries.



During the function Ambassador said: "Diwali is an event which is widely celebrated in India by Indians and I am really impressed by how much today it has become part of Indian American community's presence and profile in this country. To me, the two most hugely encouraging signs are when I see elected representatives from the community, administration officials from the community, which really tells you how well Indian Americans are doing in this country, and the fact that our traditions and customs are today recognized, respected and shared in the American society. I think that is something which is a source of great satisfaction. It is very common for people to talk very warm about India and the United States as true democracies, but all democracies are  not the same. I think what is very special about India and the US is that they are true societies which have given space to different communities to do their own things. I think it is very singular commonality that we have. Diwali is also an occasion when you clean up your stuff. I think most of you would be aware about what is happening in India, we are turning over a new pitch. I think most of you know we are beginning to clean up India. Prime Minister's recent campaign, Swachh Bharat, is something which has really got a lot of traction, lot of support and what I find as Ambassador here is something which is resonating very well in this country. I think that is something which has interested people, people have seen that is something different, something serious and profound. And one of the outcomes of Prime Minister's visit is how do we make India-US relationship become part of that change is something which we hope to do in the coming years and some of it would be very targeted and specific. The Prime Minister has appealed, for example, for participation of everybody in the cleaning of Ganga campaign and I think there are different ways in which Indian Americans can contribute to the changes which are happening, will happen in India and I see my job as Ambassador is to facilitate that and encourage that. Once again, it is very wonderful to see all of you here."


During the occasion, Dr. Rajan Natarajan, Deputy Secretary of State of Maryland, read out a special proclamation from the Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, which was handed over to Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu. The event ended with a cultural program.


Date added: 
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 10:30am