Mike Baird, Victor Dominello send best wishes on R-Day

AusIndia-flags-150x150 Premier Mike Baird:  I am pleased to send my best wishes to the Indian-Australian community of NSW on the occasion

of India Republic Day.

On 26 January 1950, India’s National Constitution came into force, marking the birth of the Indian

Republic.

Given the historic bonds between the people of our two nations, it is apt that Indian Republic Day

and Australia Day fall on the same date. On 26 January we celebrate significant milestones in the

development of our respective democracies.

Over more than a century, a powerful connection has developed between Australia and India

through migration, trade and commerce, sport, cultural exchange and, in recent years,

international education.

Earlier this month I had the privilege of making my first official trip to India as Premier. I visited the

cities of Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Mumbai as part of a trade mission.

In Ahmedabad, I signed an historic agreement between NSW and Gujarat that will give a

significant boost to cultural exchange and trade between our two states. My entire visit gave me a

window into the thriving, vibrant miracle that is contemporary India.

India and Australia remain proud members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Within the

Commonwealth we have forged our own identities, and on 26 January we celebrate events which

have defined our place in the world.

NSW is home to a vibrant Indian community that has made a significant contribution our State’s

economy and cultural diversity.

Today nearly 100,000 Indian-born residents live in NSW and another 130,000 have Indian

heritage.

The Indian-Australian community has made a profound contribution to the development of our

harmonious multicultural society.

I wish everyone a joyous India Republic Day and great prosperity throughout 2015.

Victor Dominello, Minister of Citizenship and Communities

It is an honour to send my best wishes to the Indian community of New South Wales 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. It is a happy coincidence that Indian Republic Day and Australia Day fall

on the same date, marking significant milestones in the development of our respective

democracies

The historic bonds between the people of our two great nations continue to flourish. Over

more than a century an indelible connection has been built between Australia and India

through migration, trade, sports and the sharing of cultural experience.

While India and Australia remain proud members of the Commonwealth of Nations, we

have forged our 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 whose members make 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 great

prosperity throughout 2015.

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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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