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Indian Embassy marks Republic Day Ambassador Jain unfurls the ‘Tricolor’; thousands attend

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: Unfurling the Indian ‘Tricolor’ at the Indian mission in Kuwait on the 65th anniversary of India’s Republic Day - the day on which the Indian Constitution came into force in 1950 proclaiming India a sovereign, socialist, secular democratic republic securing all its citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity and integrity of the nation - the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait His Excellency Sunil Jain extended his greetings and good wishes to the Indian community, Kuwaiti friends and well-wishers.

This was followed by singing of the National Anthem and reading of the message to the nation of the President of India by the Ambassador. Addressing the large gathering at the embassy grounds the ambassador spoke about the significance of the day for every Indian all over the world which invokes sentiment of patriotism and zeal for being an Indian. “Over the last six decades,” the ambassador said, “Our existence as a Republic, India has secured a place for itself in the comity of nations as a country committed to universal harmony, justice and equality.

We are proud citizens of the largest, most diverse, and vibrant democracy in the world, which is underpinned by the rule of law, a free media and an independent judiciary.” He thanked HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed, the government and the people of Kuwait for bestowing their care and benevolence on the Indian community here and prayed for the health, prosperity and well-being of the Kuwaiti leadership and the friendly people.

About 2,500 Indians from all walks of life in Kuwait, representing various Indian associations, media men, businesspersons, doctors, engineers, chartered accountants and even domestic workers and embassy staff members along with their families participated in the Republic Day function. Several Indian community schools in Kuwait which took part in the ceremony rose to the occasion to make the day memorable.

The children sang popular patriotic songs most of which pay homage to those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation. The highlights of the cultural function were an all-girls brass band from the Indian Community School in Kuwait, which gave a scintillating performance. This was followed by an open house reception. January 26 has been chosen as the Republic Day because on this day in 1930 the Indian National Congress had proclaimed the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj).

By: Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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