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India Marks Independence Day

Yesterday more than 100 people gathered at the Indian High Commissioner’s residence in Suva to commemorate India’s 69th Independence Day. The Indian flag was hoisted by the Indian High Commissioner
16 Aug 2015 14:15
India Marks Independence Day
Staff of the Indian High Commission with High Commissioner Gitesh Sarma (in beige-coloured suit), while celebrating India’s 69th independence day at India House yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Yesterday more than 100 people gathered at the Indian High Commissioner’s residence in Suva to commemorate India’s 69th Independence Day.

The Indian flag was hoisted by the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Gitesh Sarma, followed by the national anthem.

Mr Sarma said Fiji was blessed to be helped by Indians in various ways.

Independence Day is observed annually on August 15 in India, and around the world.

It commemorates the nation’s independence from the British Empire on August 15, 1947.

“India is inside us and that is why we are proud to call ourselves Indians,” Mr Sarma said.

“This is one of the most important days in our calendar that marks our freedom and a new era for India.”

Meanwhile, Indian president Parnab Mukherjee, in a statement read during the celebration, extended his warm greetings to Indians around the word, members of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces.

“I pay homage to the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives defending India and salute the courage and heroism of our security forces who are maintaining an eternal vigil to safeguard the territorial integrity of our country and the safety of our people.

“On the fertile ground laid by our Constitution, India has blossomed into a vibrant democracy,” Mr Mukherjee said.

Mr Sarma said Fiji and India were going through one of the most intensive periods in their relations which included the election of Government after the general election last September and the historic visit of India prime minister, Narendra Modi last November.

“It is very clear that India and Fiji has very special relations. The old concept of India being far away and Fiji is deep in the Pacific region and technology has made it easier for communication with just a click away.

“The bilateral relations between India and Fiji is most important for our international relations and foreign policies,” Mr Sarma said.
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