By The IST Newsdesk
On the occasion of the 71st Independence Day of the Republic of India, August 15, 2017, the Consul General of India in Sydney unfurled the Indian National Tricolour and delivered message from the Honorable President of the Republic of India to the members of the Indian Community and Friends of India, gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion. The ceremony was followed by rendition of patriotic songs by Sydney based talents from various walks of life.
The ceremony was attended by a diverse cross-section of Indian diaspora including from senior government and business leaders, City Councillors, members of the Indian community, ethnic media, academicians, students and friends of India.
Same evening, the Consulate General of India in Sydney also hosted a receptionat PiertI, Walsh Bay, Sydney to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence.The dignitaries includined Hon.Williams MP, , Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability representing the Hon Premier of NSW; Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Finance, Services and Property; Hon. David Elliott, MP, Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs; Hon. Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, other Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Council, including Hon. Jodi Mackay, Member for Strathfield, Hon. David Clarke, MLC, Hon. Mark Taylor, MP, Hon. Jonathan O’Dea MP, and Hon. Daniel Mookhey, MLC; Mayor of Randwick, Consular Corps; representatives from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NSW State Office; Senior officials of various departments of NSW Government, local business representatives, mainstream and ethnic media and prominent members of the Indian Community.
Consul General during his address highlighted the bilateral relationship between India and NSW as well as India and South Australia.
He said that the visits by PM Modi in 2014 and by Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to India in April this year had laid a solid foundation to take the bilateral relations to the next level.
“We have developed greater frequency of contacts between our business communities and also there is upswing in our cultural contacts. The number of visitors from both sides have increased and the Indian student population here in Australia is growing by the year.
“NSW occupies an important place in the relationship between our two countries, the strength of NSW in areas of smart city development, skill in high tech manufacturing, is helping to promote people collaboration for true strategic partnership,” Mr Vanlalvawna said
Hon. Ray Williams congratulated Consulate General of India for hosting such a grand event on the auspicious occasion for India. He briefly touched upon the efforts of Indian freedom fighters that brought freedom to India. He said ,” freedom did not come without struggle, without hardship, challenges and great loss before, ultimately, the wonderful achievement in 1947. “When you think and reflect on all those issues, it is so symbolic of the Indian people, their hard work, effort and achievement, and today, as we stand in NSW, there are over 200,000 people of Indian ancestry who make an outstanding contribution to the State of NSW,” Mr Williams said.
The reception included playing of National Anthems of Australia and India, a few dance performances by the Narthana Dance School, Newcastle. Beautifully crafted Tabla and Sarod rendition of “Raga – Bageshri” welcomed the guests for the evening.