Indian Americans celebrate Independence Day
Monday August 15, 2011
The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – https://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, congratulates the nation on its 65th Independence Day.
IAMC recalls the momentous day of August 15, 1947, when India awakened to a new dawn of freedom from over 200 years of colonial rule. Jawaharlal Nehru’s memorable address to the nation expounded a vision of India that was free from poverty, ignorance and disease; of a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, where social, economic and political institutions would ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman regardless of their faith. This vision, as well as his exhortation to build a mansion of free India where all her children could dwell in peace, continues to be as urgent and relevant today as it was on that fateful day 64 years ago.
“Our country has certainly made significant progress on several fronts, and rightfully commands respect globally as the world’s largest democracy. However, our work as a nation is incomplete, as long as any segment of society faces bias, injustice or discrimination”, said Shaheen Khateeb, President, IAMC. “The promise of equal opportunity – social, educational and economic – for all Indians, continues to remain an unfulfilled dream of free India”, added Mr. Khateeb.
On this day of celebration, IAMC urges the Indian Government to pay close heed to the needs of the neglected segment of India’s minorities, and to strive for the peaceful and egalitarian society that we looked forward to when India shook off the shackles of British rule 64 years ago.
Indian-American Muslim Council (formerly Indian Muslim Council-USA) is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation. For more information please visit our new website at: https://www.iamc.com
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