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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: The Embassy of India in Kuwait, in association with Indian Community Support Group (ICSG), organized the ‘Namaste Kuwait’ event — a cultural extravaganza to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence –’Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ on Friday from 8 am to 8 pm at the embassy premises. The mega cultural event — presenting 75 art forms for 750 minutes by more than 750 artistes — was inaugurated by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, HE V. Muraleedharan.
In inaugural remarks the minister extended warm greetings to all Indians in Kuwait and congratulated all Indian artistes in Kuwait who worked tirelessly for several weeks to make ‘Namaste Kuwait’– a reality. He spoke of the successful ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ undertaken by Government of India which helped hundreds of thousands of Indians to return back to India during the pandemic; the close bilateral partnership during the COVID-19 crisis wherein India and Kuwait supported each other extensively during those difficult times.
He highlighted the India and Kuwait historical relationship which has blossomed into mutually beneficial multifaceted long-standing dynamic partnership and highlighted the contributions made by the Indian Diaspora to build an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as envisioned by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. He mentioned that India has become the fifth largest economy in the world and urged the Indian Diaspora to join hands with 1.3 billion Indians to achieve the target set by Modi ‘Amrit Kaal’ for next 25 years when India celebrates its independence centenary and become developed, free of colonial mindset, proud of its heritage, united and integrated and an India whose citizens put duty above all. During his concluding remarks, he invited the Indian Diaspora to join the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in January 2023.
Ambassador of India to Kuwait, HE Shri Sibi George thanked Muraleedharan for inaugurating the event calling ‘Namaste Kuwait’ a celebration of the vibrant and dynamic partnership between the two friendly countries, India and Kuwait which is built over strong foundations and nurtured by vibrant people to people connect and civilizational affinities over centuries based on mutual trust and respect.
He said the New India-New Kuwait partnership will connect the visions of the leadership of the two friendly countries for mutual development and recalled 2021-22, was of remarkable significance in bilateral relationship since it was a unique confl uence of 60th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait and the 75th anniversary of Independence of India During his speech, he highlighted that India is one of the oldest, largest and continuous major civilization of the world. He stressed that yoga and ayurveda have become the symbols of India abroad and India is proud of its unity in diversity. He thanked the Indian community associations, dance schools, Indian artistes and children who showcased Indian culture and heritage.
He also appreciated the dedication of Indian Diaspora’s, commitment and their love for India. He thanked various Indian community members and Indian Community Support Group (ICSG) for supporting the event. President of ICSG Rajpal Tyagi delivered the vote of thanks. Thousands of people from different walks life in Kuwait throughout the day gave an enthusiastic response including those who took part virtually. More details about the event are available on the website and social media handles of the embassy.