Indian community celebrates 70th Independence Day
The Indian community in Thimphu celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day at the India House Estate in Hejo on 15 August.
The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar, read President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation, which highlighted India’s history, economy progress, culture, development, and challenges.
The president said in his address that the safety and security that the country provided to their women and children determines the well-being of the state and society, adding that every incident of violence against a woman or a child inflicts a wound on the soul of the civilization. “We cannot call ourselves a civilized society if we fail in this duty,” he said.
He said their respect for each other’s cultures, values and beliefs is a unique feature that has held India together. “In the networked environment of today, a caring society can only be developed by harmonizing religion with modern science,” the president’s address to the nation stated.
The president also mentioned that the Constitution is not only a political or legal document but also an emotional, cultural and social contract. He added, “The Constitution has clearly defined the duties and responsi- bilities of every organ of the state.”
He also talked on the major performance of India. “International agencies have acknowledged India’s status as the fastest growing major economy in the world and recognized major improvements in indices of ease of doing business and logistics performance,” he said.
The president, in his address, also mentioned that a normal monsoon that has changed unlike the past two years when below normal rains created agrarian distress. He added the agricultural output has been stable, is a testimony to the nation’s resilience, and to how far they have progressed since Independence.
“India will grow, only when all of India grows. The excluded ones have to be included in the development process,” adding that the hurt and the alienated have to be brought back into the mainstream.
Besides, he also said that India is in the process of forging new relationships based on shared values and mutual benefit with all countries. He said, “This opportunity must be seized without delay.”
The history of Indian Independence is laced with the struggle and sacrifice of many leaders and revolutionaries of the country.
India gained independence from British colonialism on 15 August 1947. The day is celebrated with great fervour across every state of the country, with the capital city Delhi becoming the hub of all celebrations.
His Majesty’s representative, the Gyalpoi Zimpon, felicitated the Indian Ambassador, and other senior government officials joined the members of the Indian community to celebrate the day.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, along with other members of the Royal Family, graced a cultural programme held at the Indian embassy in the evening.
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, senior government officials and the Indian community in Thimphu attended the programme.