India Turns 73 -Reflects On Freedom from Colonial Rule

The Indian Government has remembered with gratitude the countless freedom fighters and revolutionaries who struggled, strived and made heroic sacrifices to win the people of India freedom from colonial rule.

In India’s Independence Day Message read by Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the India House in Monrovia on behalf of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, On the Eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, Sachdeva read:  “I offer you my greetings on the eve of our 73rd Independence Day. This is a happy and emotional day for all children of Mother India, whether living at home or abroad. We remember with gratitude the countless freedom fighters and revolutionaries who struggled, strived and made heroic sacrifices to win us our freedom from colonial rule.”

“We complete 72 years as a free nation at a very special juncture. In a few weeks from now, on October 2nd, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the guiding light of our successful effort to liberate our nation and of our continuing effort to reform our society of all inequities,” says the Independence Day Message

Contemporary India, according to the message, is very different from the India in which Mahatma Gandhi lived and worked. Even so, Gandhiji remains extremely relevant. In his advocacy of sustainability, ecological sensitivity and living in harmony with nature, he anticipated pressing challenges of our times.

“When we design and deliver welfare programmes for our disadvantaged fellow citizens and families, when we seek to harness the power of the sun as renewable energy, we put Gandhian philosophy into action.”

This year, the message states, also marks the 550th birth anniversary of one of the greatest, wisest and most influential Indians of all time – Guru Nanak Devji. He was the founder of Sikhism, but the reverence and respect he commands go far beyond just our Sikh brothers and sisters. They extend to millions of others in India and across the world. My best wishes to them on this pious occasion.

“The illustrious generation that led us to freedom did not perceive independence only in terms of transfer of political power. They considered it a stepping stone in a longer and larger process of nation building and national welding. Their objective was to improve the life of each individual, each family and of society as a whole,”continues the message.

“In this backdrop, I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country. These include progressive, egalitarian laws and provisions related to the Right to Education; accessing public information through the Right to Information; reservations in education and employment and other facilities for traditionally deprived communities; and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq,” the message, among other things, adds.

Meanwhile, at about 7:45am yesterday, the Honorary Indian Consul to Liberia hosted about 350-400 Indian Nationals residing in Liberia  at the Indian House situated in Mamba Point, Monrovia. He also hosted the Indian Flag at the program.

He wholeheartedly thanked the Indian Community in Liberia for attending their country’s national day in large number.   The elaborate program was also graced by the Top Indian Businessman Mr. Paul Sethi See pages 6&7 for the full text of the Address to the Nation by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, and On the Eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day as Delivered.

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