Guests sing Indian National Anthem as part of Republic Day activities

India celebrated its 72nd Republic anniversary on Tuesday and in doing so raised the Indian National Flag to mark the occasion in Guyana.
The event was organized by the High Commission of India in Guyana at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center (SVCC).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the celebration was limited to a minimum number of people. The event was streamed live on High Commission social media and Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center. A few cultural items performed at the event were performed by Shri Amjad Ali Warsi, SVCC music teacher and student.
India’s High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency Dr KJ Srinivasa, raised the tricolor National Flag and shared the message of the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

Indian National Flag raised on SVCC lawns

“This day has come to mean a lot to all Indians living in the country and abroad. Seventy-one years ago, on this very day, we the people of India adopted, legislated and gave ourselves a unique Constitution. For us all, therefore, this is the day to pause and consider the core values ​​that the Constitution proposes. These values ​​- Justice, Freedom, Equality, and Theology – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to us all, ”the President of India in his address underlined.
President Kovind would also have shared some insight into the current coronavirus pandemic, highlighting the progress made in ensuring food security, education and continuing healthcare.
“Despite the severe turmoil, we have managed to develop our activities in many areas. The pandemic threatened to derail the young generation’s learning process, but institutions and teachers quickly adopted new technology and ensured no disruption in education … The previous year’s adversaries have only reminded us of what we have always known him deep in our hearts – that care and concern for humanity and the feeling of brotherhood is what kept us together for millennia. ”
Dr Srinivasa emphasized the warm and friendly bilateral relations that exist between India and Guyana. He conveyed that, despite the current difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Commission has been able to work closely with the Government of Guyana and take forward many development projects in India. Cooperation is also underway for new projects for cooperation between Guyana and India, including the COVID-19 vaccine.

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