Kashmir Solidarity USA Commemorates India Independence Day

Gigi Chazu, Susy Diaz, Sandy Mistry and Surinder Zutshi raise the Indian flag.

In a display of unity and celebration, Kashmir Solidarity USA hosted a flag-raising event on Tuesday, Aug. 15, marking India’s 76th Independence Day. The event paid homage to the nation’s hard-won freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. The City of Greenacres honored the occasion with a proclamation read by Councilwoman Susy Diaz, proclaiming Aug. 15, 2023, as “India Independence Day.”

The event brought together a diverse crowd of supporters and community members who gathered outside to witness the flag-raising ceremony. Against the backdrop of a 30-foot flagpole, the Indian national flag was hoisted, embodying the spirit of courage, determination and unity that defined India’s struggle for liberation. Attendees delighted in the festivities, savoring an exquisite Indian meal catered by Palace Indian Restaurant in Davie.

Denyse Baboolal, the founder of Jayadevi Arts, an Indo-Caribbean community organization, was also in attendance at the event and was bestowed with an honor by Surinder K. Zutshi, chair of Kashmir Solidarity USA, acknowledging her exceptional contributions to the community through her dedication to preserving Indian cultural heritage.

The Greenacres proclamation highlighted the historical significance of Aug. 15 and its role in India’s journey to independence. The document emphasized the non-violent resistance and civil disobedience that characterized India’s fight for freedom, inspiring countless individuals worldwide. The mutual commitment of India and the United States to safeguarding freedom, dignity and human rights was acknowledged, underscoring the shared values that bind these two nations.

Greenacres Mayor Joel Flores lauded Zutshi for his exceptional leadership and unwavering efforts to combat global terrorism and promote peace in the region. The proclamation recognized his significant contributions, which have left an indelible mark on the path toward a harmonious and secure future.

The flag-raising ceremony and proclamation exemplified the power of unity and shared values, transcending borders and cultures. Kashmir Solidarity USA remains steadfast in its mission to promote peace, combat extremism and bridge communities, reaffirming its commitment to a peaceful and harmonious world.