| Izah Azahari |
THE Indian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday commemorated the 68th Republic Day of India with a flag-hoisting ceremony at the high commission in Kampong Sungai Akar.
The event commenced with the unfurling of India’s national flag by the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Nagma Mohamed Mallick, followed with the Indian national anthem, which was witnessed by Indian nationals residing and working in Brunei Darussalam.
The Indian High Commissioner then read out the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s address, which mainly elaborated on India’s economic progress despite the challenging global economic conditions.
“It is my firm conviction that India’s pluralism and her social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity are our greatest strength.
“Our tradition has always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian; not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country,” said the Indian High Commissioner.
The Indian High Commissioner added that they must acknowledge that their systems are not perfect, and the imperfections have to be recognised and rectified.
The settled complacencies have to be questioned, and edifice of trust has to be strengthened.
“In a fiercely competitive world, we have to work harder than ever to redeem the promises that we make to our people,” added the Indian High Commissioner.
The Republic Day of India was commemorated to mark the nation’s adoption of the Constitution of India, which was implemented on January 26, 1950, celebrating the birth of modern-day India.