Message of mutual respect on National Day

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India’s 70th Independence Day celebration returned to its rightful place at the Indian Consulate in the Sydney CBD enjoined by more than 100 from the proud Indian community, among them many seniors. It was convenient for many who worked in nearby offices, albeit lacking the family atmosphere the national day celebrations created at the Consul General residence, a tradition there was for many years.

Consul General Vanlalhuma hoisted the Tricolour followed by National Anthem. He, then, read the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s message to the nation on the occasion: of pride that the four pillars of democracy ”“ justice, liberty, equality and fraternity ”“ had grown from strength to strength.

His message emphasised the democratic responsibilities ”“ “Disruptions, obstructionism and un-mindful pursuit of a diverse political agenda by groups and individuals lead to nothing but institutional travesty and constitutional subversion.”

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The President quoted what Swami Vivekananda had once observed: “What is needed is a fellow-feeling between the different types of religion, seeing that they all stand or fall together, a fellow-feeling which springs from mutual respect and not the condescending, patronising, niggardly expression of goodwill.”

Mr Mukherjee backed to empower the six hundred million youth by building a digital India, a start-up India, and a skilled India while ensuring that the smart cities we so created in the process were humane and happy places for a compassionate society. “India will grow, only when all India grows,” he said.


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Following the reading of President’s address to the nation, the Consul General reminded the community to participate whole-heartedly in the forthcoming Festival of India to be held in all major cities in Australia during August-November.




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ID 3Songs of national fervour sung by local artistes touched the emotional chord of all the present as did a poem specially written and recited for the occasion by Pravin Gupta to a great applause.

Then there was time to meet and greet over refreshments, a catch up time, also a catalyst to attend the National Day celebrations.




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