In­dian com­mu­nity cel­e­brates 70th In­de­pen­dence Day

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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.

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