On Saturday Jan. 27, the Indian American Coalition of Texas (IACT) will celebrate the 69th Republic Day of India 2018 by hosting its fifth annual commemorative banquet. The event features the opportunity to meet local and national civic leaders, hear from leading voices on important topics relating to politics and civic engagement, and connect with friends and the community over drinks and a delicious Indian dinner.
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 city and state officials. The event celebrates the common democracy that links India and the U.S. while highlighting IACT’s work driving civic engagement.
This year’s event will feature a classic Indian dinner, a recap of IACT’s activities, cultural performances, and a keynote address by Ambassador Vinai Thumalapally and chief guest Sonal Shah. Thumalapally is the first Indian American ambassador in U.S. history. He came to America in 1974 and attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he spent a summer as Barack Obama’s roommate. Shah is an American economist and public official who served in Obama’s White House.
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.