India High Commission observes India’s 72nd Republic Anniversary

Invitees singing the National Anthem of India as part of the Republic Day activities

India celebrated its 72nd Republic anniversary on Tuesday and in doing so, the National Flag of India was hoisted to mark the occasion in Guyana.
The event was organised by the Indian High Commission in Guyana at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the celebration was restricted to a minimum number of persons. The event was live-streamed on the social media of the High Commission and Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre. The event featured few cultural items performed by Shri Amjad Ali Warsi, music teacher and students of SVCC.
India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency Dr K J Srinivasa, hoisted the tricolour National Flag and shared the message of President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

The National Flag of India being hoisted onthe SVCC lawns

“This day has come to mean a lot to all Indians living within the country and abroad. Seventy-one years ago, on this very day, we the people of India adopted, enacted and gave to ourselves a unique Constitution. For all of us, then, this is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that the Constitution propounds. These values – Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us,” the Indian President underscored in his address.
President Kovind would have also shared some insight on the current coronavirus pandemic, highlighting the progress made in ensuring food security, education and continued health care.
“Despite the serious calamity, we have succeeded in taking forward our activities in many spheres. The pandemic threatened to derail the young generation’s learning process, but institutions and teachers quickly adopted new technology and ensured that there was no break in education… The adversities of the previous year have only reminded us of what we have always known deep in our hearts – that care and concern for humanity and the feeling of fraternity is what kept us together for millennia.”
Dr Srinivasa emphasised the warm and friendly bilateral relations existing between India and Guyana. He conveyed that despite the current difficulties owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Commission has been able to work closely with the Guyana Government and take forward many developmental projects of India. Collaboration is also on stream for new projects for collaboration between Guyana and India, including the COVID-19 vaccine.