Wieckowski leads Senate recognition of India Independence Day

The Senator welcomed India's Consul General Sanjay Panda, who made his first visit to the Senate floor.

August 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) welcomed India’s Consul General Sanjay Panda on the Senate floor today and led the chamber’s recognition of India’s Independence Day.

“This is the Consul General’s first visit to the Senate floor since taking up his post last year,” Wieckowski said. “However, as a part of the Senate’s official delegation to India in 2018, several of my colleagues and I had the pleasure of meeting him in Delhi just after his appointment. Ambassador Panda is an impressive and seasoned diplomat who has demonstrated dedicated service to India for almost 30 years.”

A graduate in political science and international relations from the University of Delhi, Panda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991. His recent leadership positions included Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles and joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

“I am confident that Ambassador Panda will be a faithful steward of the long standing economic and cultural relationship our regions share,” Wieckowski said.

In 2018 alone, California exports to India were valued at over $6 billion. This makes up 18% of the U.S. total and ranks California as the U.S. state with the most exports to India.

California also is home to the largest population of Indian Americans in the United States.

Observed on August 15th, India’s Independence Day is one of its most important national holidays and pays tribute to the leaders of India’s struggle for freedom.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.