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India's 60th Republic Day in San Francisco
The Indian Consulate in San Francisco held a cheerful celebration of India’s 60th Republic Day at the elegant Palace of Fine Arts, Jan. 26. Consul General Susmita Gongulee Thomas spoke on the festive occasion marked by music and dance performances. Siliconeer presents a photo essay.

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(Above, from top): Consul General Susmita Gongulee Thomas addresses guests at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Jan. 26; Students from Chitresh Das Dance Company & Chhandam School of Kathak presented spectacular performances of Kathak dance; and Youth performers from UC Berkeley’s ‘Dil Se’ group presented a vocal performance.

(Above from top): Representatives from the offices of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presented proclamations honoring India to Consul General Susmita Gongulee Thomas on the occasion of India’s 60th Republic Day; and Stanford Professor and Padma Bhushan awardee Thomas Kailath seen with Consul General, talks to the audience.



(Above): Two young revelers at the San Francisco celebrations of India’s 60th Republic Day.


(Above): Members of the Indian community in San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento gathered at the Palace of Fine Arts to participate in India’s 60th Republic Day celebrations, Jan. 26. [All photos: SILICONEER]

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COVER STORY
Cultural Terrorism:
The Growing Threat of Intolerance

India, and for that matter the whole world, appears to be drifting towards bigotry and intolerance, laments poet and folklorist Ved Prakash Vatuk.


SUBCONTINENT
Hunt for Energy:
China Edges India

India and China are both eager for economic growth and India’s giant neighbor seems to have an edge in the hunt for energy, writes Siddharth Srivastava.


MIDDLE EAST
Tragedy in Gaza:
Israel’s Indefensible War

To understand Israel’s unconscionable behavior in Gaza, you have to understand its history, writes historian Avi Shlaim.



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