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Indian Group Marks 66th Republic Day

Fiji was hailed by the Indian High Commissioner for being the first to celebrate its Republic Day yesterday. Close to 100 members of the Indian community gathered at the Indian
27 Jan 2015 11:09
Indian Group Marks  66th Republic Day

Fiji was hailed by the Indian High Commissioner for being the first to celebrate its Republic Day yesterday.

Close to 100 members of the Indian community gathered at the Indian High Commissioner’s residence in Tamavua, Suva, to commemorate the day.

Indian High Commissioner Gitesh Sarma said: “It’s a very big moment when we celebrate Republic Day away from home and Fiji is also home for us in other ways so we had the flag hoisting in the morning and the amazing thing is, this is perhaps the first place in the world where the Indian flag in unfold as part of the celebration of Republic Day so Fiji is the first in the world to celebrate the day,” Mr Sarma said.

India gained independence on August 15, 1947 however their constitution came into being on January 26, 1950. This, he said, was why they had always celebrated Republic Day in January.

“So as of that day we became masters of our own destiny. We became a truly democratic nation and as we say we are the world’s largest democracy,” he said.

“One of the things that you will find is that we have Indian communities all over the world, our general message to them is to integrate and contribute to society where ever they are. We say that people here are connected with India and we are happy that they are with us and we celebrate the fact that they have been very good Fijians citizens who also love their own country.”

During a celebration at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last night, Mr Sarma acknowledged the presence of the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.

“It is an extreme honour that Mr Bainimarama is with us today on our Republic Day celebration,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama was among Members of Parliament, and Diplomatic Corps who were present.

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, did not attend because he was out of the country.

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