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‘Fiji Is God-Gifted Country’

The Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Gitesh Sarma would be celebrating Diwali away from home in India with his family next week. But, he said he would not regret celebrating
17 Oct 2014 09:05
‘Fiji Is God-Gifted Country’
Bank of Baroda chief executive officer Govindsing Rajput (left), with Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Gitesh Sarma to mark Diwali Milan (celebration) at Kshatriya Hall on Wednesday night. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Gitesh Sarma would be celebrating Diwali away from home in India with his family next week.

But, he said he would not regret celebrating the ‘Festival of Light’ in a foreign land.

Mr Sarma came to Fiji in August to replace Vinod Kumar.

On Wednesday he officiated in the Bank of Baroda Diwali celebration in Suva.

He said Fiji was home to him, although this was his first trip to Fiji.

“It’s really astonishing for me that I am so far away from home yet I don’t feel the difference,” he said.

“Here I am celebrating Diwali just as I would have celebrated it at home with my family back in India.”

He said Diwali was usually a time of coming together, being together and forgiving one another.

“When I landed in Fiji, I saw a country which is amazingly beautiful. I would say that it is a God-gifted country,” Mr Sarma said.

“Those who live here are proud to have such a beautiful country like Fiji. Just by seeing it makes people happy.”

He said the country had entered into an exciting period after the election of the new Fijian Government.

“You have a new Government and again you have a new sense of purpose and hope,” Mr Sarma said.

“Exactly what Diwali is meant to be. Let me congratulate the people of Fiji on this wonderful initiative to have elections and to have gone through it in such a big way.

“This means so much to everyone since the whole world was watching Fiji and is filled with admiration for the people of Fiji at this time.”

He said it was also exciting for India as they had their election too and promised that Fiji and India would have a wonderful relationship.

“Have a wonderful Diwali with peace, prosperity, happiness and in good health,” he said.

 farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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