Incredible India at 73
Celebrating Indian Independence Day in Bali on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
Members of the expatriate Indian community, together with friends of Bali’s Indian community gathered at the Indian Consulate in Denpasar on Thursday, August 15, 2019, to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of Indian National Independence.
More than 120 Indian citizens, people of Indian ethnic descent, friends of India, and students from Bali’s Indian school attended the ceremonial flag raising conducted by R.O. Sunil Babu, the Indian Consul-General based in Bali. The Indian National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana”, written by Indian Nobel Prize recipient Rabindranath Tagore, was sung to mark the solemn occasion. Later, students and teachers from the Indian School performed the patriotic tune “Ae Watan Mere Watan.”
The Consul-General read a speech prepared by Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, that had been delivered in India on the eve of Indian Independence Day. In that speech, the President paid respects to the Father of the Indian Nation, Mahatma Gandhi - the 150th anniversary of his birth to be marked on October 2, 2019. “Gandhi Ji” led the demand for an end to colonial rule and the battle of national independence. He also strove valiantly to rid India of all forms of injustice.
Modern India is very different from the India of the times in which “Gadhi Ji" lived and worked, but his philosophy on sustainability, ecological sensitivity, and living in harmony with nature remains more relevant than ever and is embodied in programs for solar energy by India’s current leaders.
2019 is also the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Devji, a historical figure who inspired Indian national unity and progress for the people of the sub-continent.
The President used the occasion to make reference to recent changes in policy affecting Jammi-Kashmir and Ladakh as being fundamentally beneficial to those areas.
At the beginning of the current hot season, the Indian people participated in their 17th General Election. The President pointed with satisfaction to the productivity of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – the upper and lower houses of the Indian Parliament. The President emphasized that national development is based on optimizing cooperation between the voters and their elected representatives, between the citizenry and their government, and between civil society and the Country.
The President’s remarks explained that he viewed the chance to travel to every part of India as very special in how it enabled him to meet with Indians from every level of society. He said the skills, talents, innovation, creativity, and enterprise of the 1.3 billion Indian people are helping India to advance and have safeguarded Indian civilization for thousands of years.
The President’s written remarks ended by proclaiming that the Indian people are ready to explore the moon and Mars and are prepared to create a loving environment for three out every four tigers living today on the earth.
The National Independence Day celebration was also marked by an appearance by a dance teacher from the Svami Vivekananda Culture Centre, Bali (SVCC Bali), Dr. Pompi Paul, who performed the Shiva Tandava Dance that demonstrates the strength and beauty of Lord Siwa. Students from SVCC Bali also performed a contemporary Indian dance – Vande Mataram.
Another highlight of the day was an address from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broadcast directly from the Red Fort in Delhi.