GOPIO of Center Jersey celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day on August 20, 2016 at 2088 Route 130, Monmouth Junction, NJ. Mr. Frank Gambatese (Mayor of South Brunswick) Mr. Peter Cantu (Mayor of Plainsboro), Mr. Gerald W. Tamburro (Mayor of Monroe), Mr. Upendra J. Chivukula (Commissioner of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities), Mr. Rajiv Prasad (Franklin Township Councilman), Mr. Joe Camarota (South Brunswick Councilman), Mrs. Azra S. Baig and Mr. Deven M. Patel (South Brunswick School District board members), Mr. Jaswant Modi (Advisor to GOPIO Central Jersey for Community Affairs), and Dr. Rajeev Mehta (GOPIO International’s Coordinator for North America) were the invited guests for the Flag Hoisting Ceremony. The ceremony was attended by approximately 200 people of Indian origin from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The program started with the singing of Vande Mataram (India’s National Song), followed by the Star Spangled Banner (American Nation Anthem), and the highlight was the singing of Jana Gana Mana (Indian National Anthem) as the Indian flag was being hoisted and unfurled by the Honorable mayors of South Brunswick, Plainsboro and Monroe Counties. In continuation of the cultural program, children from the Dance4Ever dance school performed Indian dances, and Sachin Ravindran, Om and Surbhi Guha, and children from Hindi USA of North Brunswick (courtesy of Mr. Vijay Garg of GOPIO Central Jersey) sang Indian patriotic songs. The attendees enjoyed the program, and had a great time. All State Lenders Corp was the venue host, and refreshments were served for all the guests (courtesy of Cici’s Pizza and Suma Foods of North Brunswick).

Mr. Dinesh Mittal (out-going President of GOPIO Central Jersey) gave a brief introduction regarding GOPIO and its role in supporting the needs of the Indian diaspora. Mr. Mittal introduced the new Board Members of GOPIO Central Jersey Chapter, and invited the attendees to help strengthen GOPIO by joining and also to obtain the benefit of its initiatives.

Dr. Tushar Patel, who plays an active role in the community, encouraged everyone to participate in future GOPIO events and become members of GOPIO Central Jersey. Mr. Patel deemed the event a great success and suggested that GOPIO Central Jersey should consider doing a bigger event with a parade in the coming years.

 

 

Mr. Suresh Reddy helped in coordination of the media and keeping the dignitaries occupied.

Mr. Gagan Deep, the in-coming President of GOPIO Central Jersey, and his wife Mrs. Anupama Gupta thanked the attendees, Actor Patel of New York Life (who provided the Audio-Visual services), and 8K Radio EBC for their participation in the event and talked about the various programs that GOPIO Central Jersey will be undertaking in the near future.

Press Release by : GOPIO