U S President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence & Several Lawmakers Wish India On Occasion of Diwali

October 20th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
U S President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence & Several Lawmakers Wish India On Occasion of Diwali
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POTUS Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated DIWALI, India’s festival of lights, as VICE President Mike Pence and several Law makers have greeted people of India on the festive occasion. Several noted India American celebrities were present when President Trump celebrated Deepavali in his iconic office in the White House in Washington DC. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson started his major India policy speech by sending Diwali greetings to all friends in the US, India and around the world celebrating the Festival of Lights.“Generally, fireworks accompany that. I don’t need any fireworks; I’m getting too many fireworks around me already.“So we’ll forgo the fireworks,” he said, amidst laughter from a Washington audience. The POTUS appreciated the contribution of the India –Americans to various spheres to the United States including science, medicine, business and education .Some senior PIOs working for his administration, including Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Seema Verma Administrator, Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services,Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, and Raj Shah, his Principal Deputy Press Secretary, joined Diwali celebrations. As we do (celebrate Diwali) so, we especially remember the people of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world’s largest democracy,” Trump said in a Facebook post along with a video of his Diwali celebrations inside the Oval Office. He greatly valued his “very strong relationship” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, POTUS added .Trump said he was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community in celebrating Diwali. President’s daughter Ivanka also joined him in celebrations, according to a picture released by the White House. Trump said Indian-American neighbours and friends had made incredible contributions to the country–and to the world.“You have made extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine, business and education. America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve bravely in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land,” he said. “Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in the people’s house. In so doing, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family,” Trump added. Diwali   is one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu religion, he added.“A time of peace and prosperity for the New Year, it is a tradition that is held dear by more than one billion Hindus worldwide and more than two million Hindus in the United States. It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains in America, India and around the world,” he said. It is recalled that the Diwali celebration at the White House was first initiated by President George W Bush who was in office from 2001 to 2009.The celebration was confined to the India Treaty Room of the adjacent executive office building, part of the White House complex. Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations.In the first year of his presidency, the then President Barack Obama lit the ceremonial diya in the East Room of the White House.

In his last year in office in 2016, Obama for the first time observed the Festival of Lights in the Oval Office. “Happy Diwali to those celebrating with friends and family,” Pence said in a tweet.

“May we all strive for peace, prosperity and the triumph of light over darkness,” said the US Vice-President.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, who last year celebrated Diwali in a temple sent in her greetings by a tweet and said she was looking forward to her visit to India next month to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in Hyderabad.

“Wishing Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world a joyful Diwali. Saal Mubarak to all! Looking forward to my visit to India for GES2017,” Ivanka tweeted along with a picture of President Trump celebrating festival of lights in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.

Tweeting “Happy Diwali” to all those who celebrate, Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the Festival of Lights has always been special for her.“May the light guide your path,” she said in another tweet. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wished her friends in Southern Florida celebrating the Festival of Lights a very Happy Diwali.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sent his Diwali greetings. Besides,

America’s top corporate leadership too joined the festivities.“Happy Diwali! May the festival of lights spread love, peace & prosperity to all!” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a tweet.

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