HOOSIER SIKHS ATTEND
GOVERNOR DANIELS’ INAUGURATION CEREMONY
Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan 15, 2009
Several members of the Punjabi Hoosier Sikh American community
joined over 1,200 distinguished guests, National and State leaders,
Indiana citizens, and children at the historic ceremonies for the
Second Inauguration of Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
at the State House on Monday, January 12, 2009.
The setting for The Inauguration Ceremony was The Indiana State
House, the grandest Neo-Classical Revival Style Building in the
State. The Ceremonies took place in the majestic South Courtyard
(Atrium) with stained-glass skylights lined with three storey arcades
of marble columns, ornate balconies and architectural embellishments.
The soaring Rotunda, one of the City’s magnificent historic
spaces, and the North and South Atriums have served as a center
of civic life since 1888.
The Inauguration Ceremony was attended by Members of Indiana Legislature,
Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, and several dignitaries,
including Senator Richard G. Lugar who served as Master of Ceremonies;
former Governor Dr. Otis Bowen and Senator Evan Bayh, U.S. Congressmen
Mike Pence, Byron Hill, and Dan Burton; Indianapolis Mayor Greg
Ballard, and many others citizens and civic leaders. The Honorable
Randall T. Shepard, Chief Justice of Indiana Supreme Court, administered
the Oath of Office to: Dr. Anthony Bennett as Indiana Superintendent
of Public Instructions; Mr. Gregory Zoeller as Indiana Attorney
General; Ms. Rebecca Skillman as Indiana Lieutenant Governor. The
Honorable Senator Richard G. Lugar administered the Oath of Office
to as Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. as Indiana Governor.
Governor Mitch Daniels in his acceptance remarks was gracious,
very thoughtful, and displayed wit, uncommon ability to relate to
the audience at a very personal level and grasp of the problems
facing the future of Hoosier citizens. The Governor exuded a spirit
of optimism using metaphors from nature, a confident and reassuring
note of competitiveness, inclusiveness, responsible stewardship,
and mature Hoosier response to the times and challenges facing the
State and the Nation.
The Sikh Americans and representatives of other ethnic and faith
communities were invited to the Inauguration Ceremonies by Dr. Juana
Watson, Senior Advisor for Latino and Immigrant Affairs, Office
of the Governor. The invitation was an important recognition of
the growing presence of new ethnic and faith communities in Indiana.
Maninder Singh Walia, Andrew Van Winkle, Jasvir Singh Lalli, Nachhatar
Singh, Narvinder Singh Bhola, Bina Ahluwalia, Dr, Tarlochan Singh
Dhadialla, and KP Singh attended the Ceremonies at The State House.