India’s 68 years as an independent republic also celebrated in Windhoek
A large group of guests joined the Indian High Commissioner last week on 26 January for a flag hoisting ceremony in the gardens of the Indian High Commission. This ceremony was followed in the evening by the official celebrations at the Safari Court Conference Centre where the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Dr Peya Mushelenge, was the Guest of Honour.
The anniversary started with the singing of the Indian and Namibian National Anthems, the lighting of a traditional Indian lamp and speeches by H.E. Mr. Kumar Tuhin, the High Commissioner of India. He reiterated the friendly and strong relations between India and Namibia marked by trust and mutual understanding citing the visit of the Indian President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, to Namibia in June last year as an anchor event for further strengthening of bilateral cooperation in several areas.
A large number of Namibian dignitaries including ministers, senior government functionaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Press and Indian community attended the event.
His Excellency Tuhin said that exchanges and interactions between India and Namibia are expected to intensify this year.
During his contribution, Dr. Mushelenga praised India’s significant contribution to Namibia’s capacity building in various fields.
Earlier in the day at the flag hoisting ceremony the High Commissioner read an address by the Indian President to the local community followed by screening a documentary ‘A Day in the Life of India’.
Earlier in January, the Indian High Commission also celebrated Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas to remind the local community of their heritage and culture. This event was attended by prominent members of the Indian community and officials of the Indian High Commission.
At that event, His Excellency Tuhin briefed the guests about important initiatives of the Government of India for the welfare of the expatriate Indian communities. In India, the main celebrations were held in Bengaluru.