Taiwan’s Indian community celebrates independence day

Taipei, Aug 15 (CNA) Cheers and celebrations filled the streets of Taipei on Sunday as members of the Indian community roared their motorcycles decorated with Indian flags to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

The world’s largest democracy broke free from British colonial rule on August 15, 1947, marking 75 years of independence and the reason why members of the Indian community in Taiwan proudly raised their flag as an inspiration to all. that embrace freedom.

A motorcade of around 25 motorcycles, including Royal Enfield classics, were decorated with Indian flags outside Taipei City Hall before embarking on a 7.8-kilometer journey with a police escort through the heart of downtown Taipei to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

The main organizer of the event, Manoj Kriplani, 39, who has lived in Taiwan for 17 years and is the founder of the Indians’ Bikers Club of Taiwan, told CNA that although he and his compatriots are far from home, they do not consider themselves separated from their country.

“We Indians are very patriotic. We love our country like everything,” Kriplani said. “This feeling gives us a really proud time to celebrate in Taiwan.”

Gourangalal Das, managing director of the India Taipei Association, the South Asian country’s de facto embassy in Taiwan, was invited to speak at the event and waved the tricolor to kick off the rally.

“I also ask our community to be responsible members of this society that adopted them and to keep the Indian flag high in all of their actions while they are in Taiwan,” Das said.

After the procession arrived at Liberty Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, the bikers, dressed in matching shirts to celebrate the special occasion, mingled with Taiwanese spectators and were happy to share their culture with everyone. those who have expressed their curiosity for the event.

One of the attendees, Kish Chablani, who has lived in Taiwan for 41 years, said he feels respected living here and is proud to be from India.

“We are in Heaven. Taiwan is an incredibly beautiful and peace-loving country. Everyone here helps each other,” said Chablani.

Meanwhile, virtual celebrations were also held online by the Indian community with music, cultural performances and speeches from government officials.

During the online presentation, Taiwanese Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang (田中光) praised the Indian community in Taiwan for developing such a strong friendship between the two countries.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Indian friends in Taiwan for their contribution and friendship. The way your community has come together and come together to support each other is truly remarkable and inspiring,” Tien said.

“I really appreciate your constant dedication to strengthening the close relations between Taiwan and India in many fields,” he said.

Currently, around 5,000 Indian nationals are working or studying in Taiwan.

(By Emerson Lim and William Yen)

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