The Indian community in Qatar marked their nation's 71st Republic Day celebrations at a grand event at the embassy premises on Sunday.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of community members from various Indian states, including representatives of various social and cultural organisations, and students from Indian schools who rendered patriotic songs.
The event began with ambassador P Kumaran hoisting the national flag. While addressing the gathering, the envoy congratulated the Indian community for their substantial contributions to Qatar.
Indian ambassador P Kumaran hoisting the national flag
A section of the audience at the event
Students presenting patriotic songs
The ambassador, who pointed out that the number of Indian expatriates in Qatar has reached 750,000, said that achievements were possible through the dedication of the pioneering Indian expatriates in Qatar.
“The Indian community owes much to their predecessors for establishing a strong base through commitment and dedication,” he said urging the community members to keep the reputation intact.
The ambassador also thanked Qatar leadership and government for the support being extended to the community in various sectors.
Kumaran noted that the bilateral relationship between the two countries is growing and it has seen remarkable growth in recent years.
Led by Commanding Officer DIG Anwar Khan, the function was attended by the officers from Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Paheredar that arrived at Hamad Port as part of sharing experiences of maritime operations including pollution control, combating maritime terrorism, coastal security and maritime surveillance.
The envoy read out excerpts from the Republic Day message by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in Hindi and English.
“Seven decades ago, on 26th January, our Constitution came into effect. Even before that, this date had acquired special significance. Having resolved to attain 'Purna Swaraj', our people had been celebrating 'Purna Swaraj Day' on every 26th January from 1930 to 1947. That is why, in 1950 we embarked our journey as a Republic on the 26th January, affirming to the principles laid down in our Constitution. Since than, every year we celebrate our Republic Day on 26th January,” the message read.
“Another source of pride for our country has been our diaspora. During my visits abroad, I have observed that Indians have not only brought prosperity to there adopted lands, they have also enhanced India's image before the world community. Many of them have made great contributions in a wide variety of endeavours. The idea of world as a large well-knit family, captured in our message of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', strengthens our relations with other nations. We have been sharing our democratic ideals and the fruits of our development with the entire world,” it continued.
“As India and Indians march forward, we remain committed to engaging the global community to build a secure and prosperous future for ourselves and for the entire humanity,” the President’s message said.