Gannon University’s Indian Student Association to Celebrate Indian Republic Day
Posted: January 24, 2018
Gannon University's Indian Student Association will celebrate
Indian Republic Day by hoisting the country's flag and singing the
national anthem in recognition of the day India's Constitution
The celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the
Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Knight Club. The 10 and-a-half hour time
difference between Erie and India means students here will be
celebrating at the same time as their family and friends in India,
where it will be Friday, Jan. 26, the national holiday.
Chola M. Reddy, a native of India and president of the student
association, compares the holiday with the Fourth of July in the
United States, though it is not a recognition of India's
independence from Britain - that is celebrated on August 15 of each
year. Indian Republic Day recognizes the formal adoption of the
"People find it a point of pride," Reddy said.
Count Reddy among them.
"I'll be very proud at that moment to be from the world's
largest democratic republic," he said. "And I'm proud to be an
Udai Shankar Singh, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering
and advisor to the Indian Student Association, said celebrations
like those recognizing Indian Republic Day help educate others
about Indian culture and history, and also help Indian students at
Gannon feel recognized.
"It's a very big thing for them," Singh said. "They are far away
from home. They really like being here and they want to stay here,
but at the same time of course it's extremely important for them to
connect with each other and have a nice time and let go of all the
school stuff for a little bit and have fun."