Kuwait Amir, Crown Prince and PM congratulate India’s President on Republic Day

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Embassy of India celebrates 74th Republic Day anniversary

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent earlier on Thursday a cable to the President of India Droupadi Murmu, expressing his sincerest congratulations on the occasion of the Republic’s day of her country. His Highness the Amir wished Murmu everlasting health and wellness, and everlasting progress and prosperity to her country. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent earlier a cable to the President of India Droupadi Murmu, expressing his sincerest congratulations on the occasion of the Republic’s day of her country.

HE Ambassador designate to Kuwait Dr Adarsh Swaika paying fl oral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Inset: Dr Swaika reading the Indian President’s message which she delivered on the eve of the 74th Republic Day

Unfurling the Indian ‘Tricolor’ at the Indian embassy in Kuwait on the 74th anniversary of India’s Republic Day, the Indian Ambassador-designate to Kuwait His Excellency Dr. Adarsh Swaika extended his greetings to all Indians in Kuwait and friends of India across the country. HE Dr. Swaika after unfurling the Indian flag at the embassy premises read the message of the President of India, Droupadi Murmu on the eve of the 74th Republic Day.

In her speech, the president paid tributes to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and other members of the Constituent Assembly who drafted the constitution of India. She hailed the Narendra Modi government’s initiatives like ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and Digital India. Here are some of the excerpts of the President’s message, “Every citizen has reason to be proud of the Indian story. When we celebrate the Republic Day, we celebrate what we have achieved, together, as a nation. India is, of course, home to one of the oldest living civilizations and called the mother of democracy.

Children representing Indian schools in Kuwait sing patriotic songs

Essence
“We have succeeded as a democratic republic because so many creeds and so many languages have not divided us, they have only united us. That is the essence of India. “That essence was at the heart of the Constitution, which has withstood the test of time. The Constitution that started governing the life of the Republic was the outcome of the Freedom Struggle. The national movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi, was as much about winning Independence as about rediscovering our own ideals.

“Our founding document is inspired by the humanistic philosophy of the oldest living civilization in the world as well as new ideas that emerged in more recent history. The nation will always remain grateful to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who headed the Drafting Committee of the Constitution. “While Babasaheb Ambedkar and others gave us a map and a moral framework, the task of walking that path remains our responsibility. We have largely remained true to their expectations, and yet we realise that much remains to be done to realize Gandhiji’s ideal of ‘Sarvodaya’, the upliftment of all. Yet, the progress we have made on all fronts is encouraging.” She went on to say, “Most sectors of the economy have shaken off the pandemic effect. India has been among the fastest-growing major economies. This has been made possible by timely and proactive interventions from the government.

The ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, in particular, has evoked great response among people at large. There have also been sector-specific incentive schemes. “The government ensured food security for poor families at a time when the country was facing economic disruption in the wake of the unprecedented outbreak of COVID- 19. Because of this help, no one had to go hungry. Keeping the welfare of poor families paramount. “With the economy on a sound footing, we have been able to begin and carry forward a series of praiseworthy initiatives. The ultimate goal is to create an environment in which all citizens can, individually and collectively, realize their true potential and prosper. “India’s Mars Mission was powered by a team of extraordinary women, and our sisters and daughters are not far behind in other areas too.

Women’s empowerment and gender equality are no longer mere slogans, as we have made great progress towards these ideals in recent years. “On the occasion of Republic Day, I convey my special appreciation to our jawans who guard our borders and are ready to make any sacrifice for the country. I also express my appreciation for all the brave soldiers of paramilitary forces and police-forces who provide internal security to their fellow citizens. I salute all the brave-hearts of our armed forces, paramilitaryforces and police-forces who laid down their lives in the line of duty.”

Meanwhile, Ambassador Dr Swaika reiterated the well acknowledged hard-work and contribution of the Indian community and complimented the Indian community organizations for the welfare activities being carried out by them in India and Kuwait. He also commended them for the organization of various cultural and sports events.

The Ambassador highlighted the efforts of the Embassy in addressing the issues of concern to the community including Embassy’s 24×7 WhatsApp helpline numbers and Ambassador’s Open House every Wednesday to look into unresolved complaints or grievances for possible resolution. Ambassador’s remarks were followed by a cultural program including singing of patriotic songs and presentation of Indian classical and folk dances.

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