The 69th In­de­pen­dence Day of In­dia cel­e­brated

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Tara Devi Bas­ant

The In­dia com­mu­nity in Thim­phu gath­ered at the In­dia House com­plex to celebrate their 69th In­de­pen­dence Day yesterday. The day be­gan with the hoist­ing of the Tri color In­dian flag by the In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan Gau­tam Bam­bawale fol­lowed by the singing of the na­tional an­them.

Af­ter that the am­bas­sador read out the speech of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia Pranab Mukherjee’s ad­dresses the na­tion on the In­de­pen­dence Day. The Pres­i­dent said that the most pre­cious gift of the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia is democ­racy which has re­shaped the an­cient val­ues into a mod­ern con­text and in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized mul­ti­ple free­doms. “It turned lib­erty into a liv­ing op­por­tu­nity for the op­pressed and im­pov­er­ished, of­fered equal­ity and pos­i­tive dis­crim­i­na­tion to the many mil­lions, who had suf­fered so­cial in­jus­tice, and in­sti­tuted a gen­der revo­lu­tion that has made our coun­try an ex­am­ple of progress. We abol­ished ar­chaic cus­toms and laws, and en­sured change for women through ed­u­ca­tion and jobs. Our in­sti­tu­tions are the in­fra­struc­ture of this ide­al­ism.” the Pres­i­dent said.

The Pres­i­dent fur­ther re­minded his fel­low cit­i­zens that the finest in­her­i­tance needs con­stant care for preser­va­tion. The in­sti­tu­tions of democ­racy in In­dia are un­der stress. The Par­lia­ment in In­dia has been con­verted into an arena of com­bat rather than de­bate. He said that if the in­stitu- tions of democ­racy are un­der pres­sure than it is a time for se­ri­ous think­ing by the peo­ple and their par­ties in In­dia.

He also paid homage to the mar­tyrs who made supreme sac­ri­fice of their lives deaf­en­ing In­dia. He fur­ther com­mended the brave sol­diers who boldly de­tained a hard­ened ter­ror­ist ig­nor­ing the risk to their own life.

“If we do not act now, will our suc­ces­sors seven decades hence re­mem­ber us with the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion we have for those who shaped the In­dian dream in 1947? The an­swer may not be com­fort­able, but the ques­tion has to be asked. “The Pres­i­dent said at the end of the speech.

The Gyalpoi Zim­pon from the Royal Sec­re­tar­iat pre­sented Tashi Khadar to the In­dian Am­bas­sador on be­half of the peo­ple of Bhutan . The func­tion was at­tended by For­eign Sec­re­tary Tsh­er­ing Dorji and of­fi­cials from the For­eign Min­istry. The mil­i­tary band from In­dian Mil­i­tary Train­ing Team dis­played a col­or­ful march past dur­ing the event.

Diplo­macy: The Gyalpoi Zim­pon pre­sented Tashi Khadar to the In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan on the 69th In­de­pen­dence Day of In­dia.

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