India celebrates independence

SHARE   |   Monday, 30 January 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Members of the Indian community in Botswana Members of the Indian community in Botswana

The Indian High Commission to Botswana Ketan Shukla hosted a celebration of the India Republic Day at his official residence on Thursday. When giving the message from the President of India Shukla extended warm greetings to all the Indians that gathered there and also to their Armed Forces, Para Military Forces, and Internal Security Forces and the brave soldiers and security personnel who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives in defending India’s territorial integrity and maintaining law and order. He reminded them about the history of India as from the time that they attained freedom on August 15, 1947 they did not have a model of governance of their own. “We waited until the 26th of January 1950 when the Indian people gave to themselves a constitution to secure for all its citizens, justice, liberty, equality, and gender and economic equity where we promised to promote fraternity, dignity of the individual and unity and integrity of the nation,” he said.

Shukla said that it was from that they became the largest democracy in the world, growing from just 360 million people to a 1.3 billion strong nation. “What has brought us this far will take us further ahead, but we will have to learn to adjust our sails quickly and deftly to the ends of change,” he said. He implored his fellow Indians to work very hard to provide enhanced employment, safety and security to women and children. He said they should change their consumption pattern, to keep at bay the dark forces of terrorism, and also to work harder with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in their constitution. The guests were treated to different Indian dances and music from Deepa Bordoloi, Bhai Paramjit Singh and Group, and Children of Benghal Community. Shukla then handed tickets for the ITEC course and he handed over the moment and prize distribution.