Biggest tricolour to unfurl at Times Square by Indian diaspora to celebrate mark India's 75th I-Day
The Empire State building would be lit in the hues of the national flag. The day would end with a gala cruise on the Hudson River, attended by top government officials, special guests and members of Indian American community.
To commemorate India's 75th Independence Day, a leading Indian diaspora organisation in the United States would hoist the biggest tricolour at the iconic Times Square on August 15. Starting with the flag's unfurling, the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would host day-long celebrations.
The Empire State building would be lit in the hues of the national flag. The day would end with a gala cruise on the Hudson River, attended by top government officials, special guests and members of Indian American community. The previous year, the federation had hoisted India's flag at Times Square on the county's Independence Day.
Speaking to the media, FIA chairman Ankur Vaidya said the organisation intends to hoist the tricolour at Times Square every year since the event has its significance. He said that they wish to continue the tradition, and the height of the pole is 25 feet.
As per various reports, the Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal would unfurl the tricolour, and the event would also honour Indian-American sporting icons.
The icons would include Abhimanyu Mishra, the youngest Grandmaster in chess history and Samir Banerjee, who won the Wimbledon boys' singles final last month. Artists Jonita Gandhi and Mickey Singh would also be among the guests. Established in 1970, the FIA is among the largest umbrella diaspora organisations.