New Zealand Indian community takes part in Queen’s Platinum Celebrations | India News


HYDERABAD: The Indian community in Wellington, New Zealand, has been abuzz lately with celebrations of diverse interests. The festivities included celebrations to mark 70 years of Queen Elizabeth on the British throne and the inauguration of a new Indian High Commission building.
Queen Elizabeth, the 96-year-old monarch, may have pulled out of several events during the Platinum Jubilee due to ‘episodic mobility issues’, but she was greeted with huge cheers, trumpets and a performance of the national anthem before retiring inside Buckingham Palace. in London last week.
And in keeping with the spirit of the Commonwealth, New Zealanders joined in the celebrations. Cassandra Samuel from Hyderabad was delighted to be part of both events.
“It’s not often that we take part in such celebrations. Serving to score the Queen’s Platinum was a rich experience. Especially because of what the whole world has been through for the past two years due to the pandemic. Events like these strengthen our standing in a foreign country and inspire us to do better in all areas of life,” said Cassandra, who represented the Indian Christian community at the service and was also part of the interfaith group invited to bless the new Indian High Commission building.
Incidentally, Cassandra owes her allegiance to a 200-year-old church in Secunderabad. St. John the Baptist Church was originally built for British soldiers in the cantonment and is now a heritage structure, where, coincidentally, Cassandra’s parents, James Samuel and Sulochana, are members.
“The Indian community in New Zealand is vibrant. Considering its size and the hardworking nature of the Indians, they have many chances to do well in their chosen fields. We are happy that Cassandra can be part of these celebrations. It is a great joy that our daughter has been recognized in a foreign country,” the proud parents told TOI.
“Representatives of all faiths have been honored by the Indian High Commission. Meeting Wellington Mayor Andy Foster and Premier Jacinda Ardern was a new experience. And it makes me immensely proud to be able to represent my community at a function related to my homeland,” Cassandra said and added that “it feels good to be part of India’s rich and diverse social fabric in a foreign country.
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