Abbott, Shorten, NSW leaders send Independence Day wishes


Tony Abbot
Tony Abbot

I send best wishes to everyone celebrating Indian Independence Day.

As the world’s largest democracy, this is an occasion to honour the contribution of India to the world.

On the eve of independence in 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru said that “India will awake to life and freedom” and would “step from the old to the new”. In the subsequent decades, these words have certainly come to pass.

India is growing from strength to strength.

No one should underestimate India now; nor its potential to be a global superpower in this century.

Australia and India share close people-to-people links.

There are around 450,000 Australians with Indian ancestry and I pay tribute to the significant contribution they make to our nation through their dedication, hard work and willingness to serve the community.

Trade continues to grow and two-way trade now exceeds $15 billion a year. Australia and India have had a long and strong partnership particularly in resources and education.

Later this year, I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane in November. He will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia since 1986.

I wish the Indian community a happy Independence Day.







220px-Bill_Shorten_DSC_3004Sixty-seven years ago, the saffron, white and green of the Indian tricolour was hoisted above the gates of the Red Fort to mark the historic moment when India kept its ‘tryst with destiny’.

Today, on Indian Independence Day, millions of people will be joined in celebrating all that India has achieved.

There is so much for modern, independent India to be proud of.

In 1947, Prime Minister Nehru spoke of a nation waking to ‘light and freedom’ while the world slept.

In 2014 India is a beacon of democracy, a nation turning economic growth into social progress and freeing its citizens from poverty, while the world watches in admiration.

Today all Australians rejoice in India’s progress, and we give thanks for the contribution that the Indian people have made to our society, to our culture, to our cuisine and to our country.

I wish you all the very best for a joyous celebration


I am delighted to send my best wishes to all members of the Indian community in NSW

celebrating the 68th anniversary of India’s independence.

Independence Day is an opportunity for all people of Indian heritage to reflect with pride onVic 2

the unifying power of the independence movement which led to the peaceful ending of

British rule on 15 August 1947.

This occasion is a vivid reminder of the strong links that have developed between India

and Australia through migration, trade, education and sport over many decades.

India and Australia remain proud members of the Commonwealth of Nations and while we

have forged own unique national identities, the links between our people are enduring.

New South Wales is fortunate to have a vibrant and active Indian Australian community

that makes an immense contribution to the economic and social development of our state.

Today nearly 100,000 Indian born residents call New South Wales home, with an

additional 130,000 coming from Indian ancestry.

The NSW Government values our deep ties with India, which continue to grow stronger

each year and bring excellent opportunities for cooperation on trade, investment,

university research and student exchange.

India’s Independence Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm in NSW.

True to the values of the independence movement, our Indian Australian community is a

leading force for friendship and harmony between people of all backgrounds in our society.

In celebration of India’s Independence Day, I wish the Indian community of NSW every

happiness and success for the future.

The Hon Victor Dominello MP

Minister for Citizenship and Communities








NSW Labor Leader John Robertson and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities Guy Zangari have today conveyed their best wishes to the Indian community of NSW on Indian Independence Day.

“Today is a moment of pride for the people of India and the entire Indian community of NSW,” Mr Robertson said.

“I join with all those celebrating the anniversary of Indian independence – the moment when a proud and accomplished people achieved their aspirations for statehood.

“The bond between Australia and India is incredibly strong.

“We are both dynamic, growing economies in the Asian region – glued together by shared values, parliamentary democracy and a steady flow of migration, tourism and trade.

“The Indian community continues to show outstanding leadership across so many aspects of our State’s life.

“The Labor Party of NSW considers the Indian community a good friend.

“We will always stand with you against bigotry and discrimination – and in support of a society where all people are valued, respected and given the opportunity to reach their potential.”

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities Guy Zangari added: “I wish the Indian community the very best for Independence Day. It is a significant day for Indians and will be celebrated not just in India but by the vibrant diaspora of Indians around the world.”

“The Indian community makes a significant contribution to this country. They deserve to have this day to recognise their link between Australia and home.”

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About Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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