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 became law.

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 country's Constitution.

"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 Indian." 

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."