Consul General of India in San Francisco Venkatesan Ashok (center), after addressing the crowd of hundreds during India’s 68th Republic Day event at the Milpitas, Calif.-based India Community Center, was handed a number of proclamations from dignitaries throughout the Bay Area. Among the dignitaries was Indian American Assemblyman Ash Kalra (third from left). (Paras Zaveri/Rikesh Mehta/Lens&Beyond Photography photo)

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