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The Indian community celebrated the 73rd Independence Day yesterday with traditional zeal at Indian Cultural Center (ICC).

Ambassador of India to Qatar, P Kumaran, hoisted the national flag at the premises of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in the presence of a large number of expatriates. The event also witnessed collective singing of National Anthem, led by the students of Indian schools.

Ambassador P Kumaran, along with children, cutting a ceremonial cake to mark the Indian Independence Day at the Indian Cultural Center in Doha yesterday.

Ambassador P Kumaran read the message of President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

“I offer you my greetings on the eve of our 73rd lndependenceDay. This is a happy and emotional day for all children of Mother lndia, whether living at home or abroad. We remember with gratitude the countless freedom fighters and revolutionaries who struggled, strived and made heroic sacrifices to win us our freedom from colonial rule,” the President said in his message.

Indian community members during the celebrations.

“The illustrious generation that led us to freedom did not perceive independence only in terms of transfer of political power. They considered it a stepping stone in a longer and larger process of nation building. Their objective was to improve the life of each individual, each family and of society as a whole.”

The President said: “This spirit of cooperation is what we bring to our diplomatic endeavours as well as we gladly share our experiences and our strengths with partner countries in every continent. At home and abroad, in domestic discourse and in foreign policy, let us always be conscious of the magic and uniqueness of lndia.”

“We are a young country, a society increasingly defined and shaped by our youth. The energies of our young are being channelized in so many directions – in a quest for excellence from sport to science, from scholarship to soft skills. This is heart-warming. Nevertheless, the greatest gift we can give our young and our coming generations is to encourage and institutionalise a culture of curiosity especially in the classroom. Let us listen to our children – for through them the future whispers to us.”

Indian Ambassador P Kumaran hoisting the national flag at the Independence Day function held at the Indian Cultural Center in Doha, yesterday.

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