Posted on January 27, 2017

Hundreds of Indian expats gathered at their embassy in Doha yesterday to celebrate country’s 68th Republic Day. Indian ambassador P. Kumaran hoisted the tricolor to the accompaniment of rendition of national anthem by school children.
Kumaran also read Indian President Pranab Mukherjee address to the nation on the Republic Day.

The speech reads as, “It goes to the credit of the strong institutions of democracy built by our founders that for the last six and a half decades, Indian democracy has been an oasis of stability in the region troubled by unrest. From a population of 360 million in 1951, we are now a 1.3 billion strong nation. Even then, our per capita income has shown a ten-fold increase, poverty ratio has declined by two-thirds, average life expectancy has more than doubled, and literacy rate has shown a four-fold increase. We are today the fastest growing amongst the major economies of the world. We are the second largest reservoir of scientific and technical manpower, the third largest army, the sixth member of the nuclear club, the sixth member in the race for space, and the tenth largest industrial power. From a net food grains importing country, India is now a leading exporter of food commodities. The journey so far has been eventful, sometimes painful, but most of the times, exhilarating.”

Moreover, officers of the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Pavak visiting the Hamad Port, in conjunction with celebrations of India’s Republic Day were present at the event held at the embassy premises.
Separately a reception was hosted for the diplomats and Indian community members at the Sheraton Hotel. HE Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, Ambassador Ibrahim Fakhroo, Chief of Protocol, Deputy Inspector General Satish Kumar, commanding officer of Samudra Pavak with several other dignitaries graced the reception.

Similarly, several Indian schools in Doha organised different activities, including cultural programmes to observe the Republic Day. Songs were sung by the students with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm.

source: The Peninsula