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Indian Community gathers to celebrate their freedom

Pravin Mehta (white shirt) leads the singing of the Indian National Anthem in McGregor Park.
Pravin Mehta (white shirt) leads the singing of the Indian National Anthem in McGregor Park.

In what is a celebration of the myriad of distinct cultures represented in Clarksville, The Indian community gathered in McGregor Park under the Indian flag in the International Avenue of Flags, on Sunday August 15th 2010 to celebrate the Indian Independence Day. On August 15th 1947 India was granted its freedom from British rule, and on January 26th 1950 it became a Republic.

Kishore Shah and Pravin Mehta, organized the ceremony in which community members sang the Indian National Anthem; followed by the the Star Spangled Banner; they closed with the Vande Mataram, the Indian National Song. Afterwards they gathered under the park’s pavilion for a pot luck dinner featuring home cooked Indian cuisine.

“International communities in Clarksville are growing and this is resulting in a more diverse and multicultural Clarksville” said Pravin Mehta, “The culture of the city of Clarksville is becoming rich with contributions of  new people coming into our community.”

Like the American flag the Indian Flag is full of meaning. In the flag, the color Saffron represents Courage, White for peace, and Green for Hope and Fertility. The center symbol is the Ashoka Chakra a 24-spoke wheel, in blue at its center; which representing the unity of the people for progress.

The Flag of India
The Flag of India

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Bill Larson
Bill Larson
Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.


  1. A question came from my American friend that why do we celebrate India’s Independence Day in America?

    There is more than one reason.

    • Both of our countries are free democracy. India is largest in no. of people, America the most powerful democracy. We believe freedom can be celebrated by anybody who believes in it.
    • Many other nations celebrate their New Year, other occasions of their cultural importance in various cities of US. We believe this adds harmony to our community.
    • In NYC there is a big parade with floats, bands, music and dances. Ours is not that big. We hope it can grow into that in which all other members of Clarksville community can participate.

    Thanks again.

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