UAE: The 66th Indian Republic Day was celebrated at the Indian Embassy Abu Dhabi here on January 26.
A large number of Indian expatriates attended the Republic Day celebrations. Ambassador of India to UAE T P Seetharam, hoisted the National Flag.
After the National Anthem, the crowd with patriotic spirit shouted “Jai Hind” while experiencing the true spirit of being an Indian. Many of them with their traditional Indian dress white kurtha and tri-colour dress, created the Indian Republic day atmosphere in Abu Dhabi.
The ambassador read out the message of the President of India, delivered on the Republic Day. He greeted Indian community members from all walks of life, especially the workers from different sectors.
Before the Flag hoisting ceremony by ambassador T P Seetharam, a flag hoisting ceremony was also held by the ISC members. President of ISC Natarajan hoisted the flag in the presence of ISC Executives, members and other dignitaries, which was followed by the National Anthem, A brief speech was given by Natrajan and later wished every one on the 66th Republic Day.
Chairman, Board of Governors Abu Dhabi Indian School Dr B R Shetty, unfurled the tri-colour national flag of India in the presence of a large crowd consisting of parents, students, staff, Ex-chairman Mohan Jashanmal, Board of Governors and officials from Abu Dhabi Education Council. It was followed by the singing of National Anthem of India and releasing of the tri-coloured balloons signifying sacrifice, unity and peace.
The students of various houses performed a spectacular March past. The synchronised contingents of ADIS students marched in a parade.
B R Shetty in his address, reminded the students to be proud of India’s national unity, heritage and culture. The Principal, N C Vijaya Chandra in his welcome speech highlighted how the feeling of nationalism and patriotic fervour can be inculcated in young Indians across the globe. He emphasized on the progress made by India and invited the students to join the Prime minister’s call for ’Make in India and Clean India Campaigns’.
There was a cultural programme making the Republic Day celebrations a memorable one.