Jeddah: Indian expatriates in Gulf countries celebrated the country’s 75th Independence Day on Sunday with pride and patriotism.
Unlike in the past, this year Independence Day was celebrated under a global campaign ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, which commemorated India’s 75th year of Independence where many youths especially students sang the national anthem and uploaded in rashtragaan portal.
Though an event of great significance for Indian diaspora across the region, the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been raging for two years in a row, played spoilsport to what would otherwise have been a much bigger and spectacular celebration.
On Sunday, a small group of community leaders, diplomats and staff from the mission gathered at CGI premises in Jeddah early in the morning for the customary flag-hoisting ceremony.
Consul General Md. Shahid Alam, read excerpts from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation. He also touched upon the new initiatives undertaken by the consulate for enhancing the welfare of the community and delivery of services, including the launch of mobile app, virtual appointment, outreach activities and community welfare tours.
During his address, the President spoke about India’s fight against Covid-19 such as the vaccination campaign and the country’s achievements in different fields.
In Riyadh, ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed unfurled the Tricolour, where a number of NRIs gathered. He read excerpts from the President’s speech. Also, he highlighted the growing bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia.
In Dubai, CG Dr. Aman Puri unfurled the Tricolour, followed by a short cultural program and art exhibition by selected artists and students to mark Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Similar events are held across the Gulf region.
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