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US lawmaker praises contribution of Indian Americans

October 15, 2009 22:53 IST

A US lawmaker has praised the contribution of the Indian American community in the US state of Arizona, in particular the 'India Plaza' in the city of Tempe.

"Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognise the many contributions of the India Plaza to the city of Tempe. The India Plaza has been a strong and distinctive feature in the Tempe community since 2003.

"The plaza serves as a window into the Indian culture, showcasing India's food, clothing, music and hospitality," Congressman Harry Mitchell said on the floor of the House of Representatives.

"Since its beginnings, the plaza has continuously thrived. Its business owners and employees have partnered with local charities and been active in the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Those same merchants also worked to create a safer environment by promoting the addition of crosswalk and signal access near the plaza," he said.

"I am truly privileged to represent such a strong cultural fixture in our district and will continue to treasure the plaza's addition to Tempe's diversity," he said.

"As many in the Indian community decorate their homes with lights, share sweets and start the new financial year in celebration of Diwali, I am honored to share in their celebration. Again, I am proud to serve the India Plaza and am eager to see its continued success and growth," Mitchell said.
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