The Indian community in Qatar celebrated the 75th anniversary of independence on Monday with patriotic fervor.
Indian Ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal paid floral tributes to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and unfurled the Indian flag amid the national anthem in the presence of a large gathering at the Center’s premises Indian Culture (ICC).
Prominent members of the community, officials of supreme organs under the embassy as well as several guests were present on the occasion.
After the national anthem, Dr Mittal read excerpts from the message of Indian President Draupadi Murmu, who in her maiden speech as President of India conveyed greetings of the day to all Indians across the world .
“This is a cause for celebration not only for all of us, but also for all democracy advocates around the world. When India gained independence, many international leaders and pundits were skeptical about the success of the democratic form of government in India. They had their reasons to doubt. At that time, democracy was reserved for economically advanced nations. India, after so many years of exploitation at the hands of foreign rulers, was marked by poverty and illiteracy. But we Indians have proven the skeptics wrong. Democracy has not only taken root in this soil, it has also been enriched by it,” Murmu said in his speech.
The Indian President noted that for a nation, especially an old one like India, the passage of 75 years is just a blink of an eye.
“But for us as individuals, it’s a lifetime. The elderly among us have witnessed a dramatic change in their lives. They have seen how after Independence all generations have worked hard; how we overcame great challenges and how we took charge of our destiny. The lessons learned in the process will prove useful as we move towards the next stage of the nation’s journey – the Amrit Kaal , the 25th anniversary of the celebration of the centenary of our independence,” she said.
“In 2047, we will have fully realized the dreams of our freedom fighters. We will have given concrete form to the vision of those who, led by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, drafted the constitution. We are already on track to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat, an India that has realized its true potential,” the President added.
Ambassador Dr. Mittal highlighted the importance of celebrating India’s Independence Anniversary and how the Indian community positively returned the favor on the occasion. He also congratulated the Indian community for their hard work and involvement in the activities of the 75th anniversary of its Independence. “We have organized more than 90 events under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative. Community leaders and various apex bodies are actively involved in the programs and in the organization of so many events and get the participation of a large number of community members,” the envoy said.
During the event, the winners of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav quiz held in January were congratulated by the Ambassador and medals in each category of non-resident Indians and foreigners were presented. A cake was cut to celebrate the occasion.
The ceremony concluded with a number of cultural performances including patriotic songs and dances presented by Indian organizations. CIC President PN Baburajan proposed the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, Independence Day celebrations were also held in Indian schools in Qatar.