India Republic Day —
August 9, 2020

India Republic Day

By Sameer Shah

India Republic Day

On Saturday Jan. 28, the Indian American Coalition of Texas (IACT) will celebrate the 68th India Republic Day by hosting its fourth annual commemorative banquet.

About Republic Day

Republic Day, first observed on Jan. 26, 1950, is the day that the Indian Constitution took effect in the newly independent India. IACT’s Republic Day Banquet is open to the public and will be attended by local leaders including Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Texas state legislator Donna Howard, and several Austin City Council Members. The event celebrates the common democracy that links India and the U.S. while highlighting IACT’s work driving civic engagement.

Austin’s IACT

This year’s event will feature a delicious Indian dinner, a recap of IACT’s activities, cultural performances, and a keynote address by Rafael Anchia, who was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by President Obama. IACT will also highlight its scholarship program that cultivates young leaders by placing them in internships at legislative and government offices. This program is jointly conducted with the Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs Association.

The scholarship program advances IACT’s core mission of increased civic participation through education, engagement and empowerment. To fund the scholarships, IACT offers local businesses and professionals the opportunity to sponsor this year’s banquet. IACT encourages local businesses to learn more about the sponsorships by contacting IACT Executive Vice President Jyotsna Paul at

“Our annual banquet is both a celebration and the kickoff of a new year of civic engagement. I look forward to sharing our efforts and building relationships that will facilitate community involvement on local and national issues,” said IACT President George Thomas.  The event will be held at the Asian American Resource Center. Tickets at and more info about IACT and the event at


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