The 69th Independence Day of India celebrated
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.