US: Texas governor celebrates Diwali at official residence

NEW DELHI: Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott celebrated Diwali with members of the state’s Indian-American community at his official residence in Austin on Sunday night.
In a tradition that has been going on for several years, Governor Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott dressed in ethnic Indian attire as they greeted Indian community leaders and lit a traditional lamp to commemorate the occasion.
“Indian Americans are true partners in growing the Texas economy and enhancing the values ​​of this state. We’re glad they called Texas home,” Abbott said at the event.
Arun Agarwal, who serves as vice president of the Texas Economic Development Corporation, a body that promotes Texas globally as a business hub, attended the event and thanked the governor for his support of the Indian-American community in Texas. Agarwal, based in Dallas, is co-chair of the Council of American Indian CEOs and played a leading role in organizing Abbott’s inaugural visit to India in 2018.
Several American Indian community leaders from the cities of Houston, Austin, Midland, Odessa Y sherman participated in Abbott’s Diwali event. Dr. Satish Nayak of Midland, who serves on the Texas medical board as a governor’s appointee, was joined by his wife Sumana. Members of the North Texas Indian Association and the United States-India Friendship Council also attended the celebration.


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