India’s Minister of State for External Affairs visits the United States

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan in New York with India’s CG Randhir Jaiswal and Indo-American community leaders. Photo: Twitter on IndianinNewYork

Indian Minister of State for External and Parliamentary Affairs, V. Muraleedharan is on an official visit to the United States of America from 18 to 24 May 2022.

As part of outreach to the Indian Diaspora, he visited Long Island’s Guru Nanak Darbar in Hicksville on May 21, 2022. At the Gurdwara, the Minister asked for blessings and highlighted the remarkable contributions of the Sikh community to the Indian nation building. He urged the community members present to participate in the celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, 75 years of Indian independence.

In his remarks, Minister Muraleedharan also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong outreach to the Sikh community, including recent 400e Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi and he hosted a delegation of over 100 Sikhs from around the world at his official residence a few days ago.


The Sikh community on Long Island “deeply appreciated the Honorable Minister’s visit to the Gurdwara and thanked him for inquiring about their welfare,” said a press release from the Indian Consulate in New York.

The Minister also met with many community representatives at a reception in Woodbury, New York.

Previously, on May 20, 2022, the Minister interacted with approximately 200 members of the Indo-American community on Long Island, New York. He shared the determination of the Government of India to further deepen the connection with the Diaspora at the 75e year of its independence. He called on them to join the consulate in celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by highlighting India’s diversity, art, sporting achievements, innovation and more.

During the event, the Minister also launched the mobile application of the Consulate General of India in New York. the mobile app brings together all consulate services on a smart phone, which the government described as “another people-centric consulate initiative.”

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Shirlene J. Manley