Texas Tech University

Indian Independence Day Celebrated at ICC

On August 15, roughly 75 Indian students, faculty, and community members gathered outside the International Cultural Center to celebrate 68 years of independence from the British Empire by raising the Indian flag and singing patriotic songs. After attaining its independence through largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience, on August 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru became India's first Prime Minister and raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of Delhi's Red Fort. Every year on August 15 the Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian flag from this same iconic location to celebrate the country's independence.

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Tracy Tindle, International Student Retention Coordinator, remarked that it was exciting to see such an enthusiastic turn-out, adding that many students told him how much it meant to them to celebrate their country's independence day and share that spirit with their friends.

Ravi Gottipati, President of the India Student Association (ISA), observed that "it was a great pleasure for the India Student Association to host the Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony at Texas Tech University," and added that he was "very happy to see lots of students and Indian community in Lubbock turning up for the event, showing the true sense of patriotism." He concluded by saying, "On behalf of ISA, I thank ICC for all their help in organizing the event."

The celebration was organized by the India Student Association of Texas Tech.

Written and edited by: Jane Bell

Email: jane.bell@ttu.edu

Posted date: 08/17/2014

International Affairs