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