Australian leaders congratulate India on R-Day

On the eve of the Indian Republic Day on Jan 26, 2014, that fall on the same day as Australia Day, various Leaders from Australian ruling and opposition parties have sent in their congratulation messages.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship of the New South Wales Mr. Victor Dominello said, “It is an honour to send my best wishes to the Indian community of New South Wales and abroad on the occasion of India Republic Day.

On 26 January 1950 the Constitution of India came into force, marking the birth of the Indian Republic.

This is a day of national celebration for both India and Australia, as we commemorate significant milestones in the development of our democracies.

It is a happy coincidence that Indian Republic Day and Australia Day fall on the same date. There exist strong connections between the people of two great nations. These bonds have been established through immigration, heritage, trade, sports and entertainment.

While India and Australia remain proud members of the Commonwealth of Nations, we have our forged own unique national identities. On 26 January we both celebrate events which have shaped our place in the world today.

New South Wales is very fortunate to have a vibrant and active Indian-Australian community that makes an immense contribution to the economic and cultural 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 enthusiasm of the Indian-Australian community, with its strong sense of civic duty, has built a solid foundation for our harmonious multicultural society in New South Wales.

I wish everyone in the Indian-Australian community a joyous celebration and prosperity throughout 2014.

Federal Opposition Leader Mr. Bill Shorten and Michelle Rowland MP, and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism said, “On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, we send our greetings to all Australians celebrating The Republic Day of India.

The Republic Day of India holds great significance for the Indian-Australian community, both here and in the Sub-Continent.

Thanks to the efforts of individuals such as the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, India was able to carve its own destiny which led to the creation of the world’s largest democracy.

Australia and India share many things: a belief in liberal democracy; a reverence for the natural beauty of our rich and diverse landscapes; a passion for education as the great transformer and, of course, this national holiday.

ashoka-chakraBut the most important thing we share is our people-to-people relationships.”

The growing Indian influence in Australia is a phenomenon which we welcome and celebrate. Indeed, the Indian diaspora is one of the great success stories of Australian immigration and multiculturalism.

As we move further into the Asian Century, our collective prosperity and success are becoming more intertwined and we must continue to progress the relationship between our countries for our mutual benefit. This is why Labor championed the Asian Century White Paper with a focus on developing priority languages such as Hindi.

On the eve of Ms Rowland’s visit to India, we thank you for your valuable contribution to the Australian community and send our best wishes to your families both here and abroad, and especially to your children.


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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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