India Republic Day 2012

India Republic Day 2012
January 21, 2012

The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted the 63rd Republic Day of India celebration at the Embassy Suites in Independence. After a networking hour with delicious appetizers, FICA Vice-President Sangita Bafna welcomed the gathering.

FICA Vice-President Sangita Bafna

Sangita Bafna

Sangita introduced the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Ramesh Mirakhur.

Ramesh Mirakhur

Ramesh Mirakhur

Ken Kovach filled in and sang the US National Anthem and FICA Board Member Asim Datta sang the Indian Anthem.

Asim Datta singing Indian anthem

Asim Datta

Master of Ceremonies Ramesh Mirakhur introduced the Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) board members.

FICA President Mona Alag was next to speak.

FICA President Mona Alag

FICA President Mona Alag

Two distinguished Chief Guests spoke. First, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge

Representative Marcia L. Fudge

The other Chief Guest was Ambassador Heather Hodges. Ambassador Hodges is President and Ambassador-in-Residence of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

Ambassador Heather Hodges

Ambassador Heather Hodges

In her keynote address, Ambassador Hodges told the fascinating story of how she was recently "kicked out" of Ecuador because of Wikileaks documents. She was the first female US ambassador ever to be declared persona non grata.

Two outstanding and deserving people were presented with awards. The 2011 Exemplary Achievement Award was given to Raj Pillai.

Raj Pillai receiving award

Raj Pillai at microphone

Raj Pillai

The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Paramjit Singh.

Paramjit Singh receiving award

Paramjit Singh at microphone

Paramjit Singh

Paramjit Singh and Raj Pillai

Paramjit Singh and Raj Pillai

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