| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Indian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday commemorated the 66th Republic Day of India with a flag-hoisting ceremony at India House in Jalan Kota Batu.
The event commenced with the unfurling of India’s national flag by the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Dr Ashok Kumar Amrohi, 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 to those in attendance, which mainly elaborated on the issue of economic progress being a key test of the nation’s democracy.
“The year 2015 is a year of hope. Key economic indicators provide for much optimism. Strengthening of the external sector, moving towards fiscal consolidation, moderation in price levels, early signs of rebound in manufacturing and record agricultural production last year augur well for our economy. Achieving five per cent plus growth rates each of the first two quarters of 2014-15 is a healthy sign for an early reversion to the high growth trajectory of seven to eight per cent.
“The success of a society is measured by both survival and strengthening of its values, institutions and instruments of governance. Our national narrative has been shaped by the principles of its past, triumphs of today and is now ready to own the future by powering its latent potential,” the president said.
The Republic Day of India was commemorated to mark the nation’s adoption of the Constitution of India which was implemented on January 1950, celebrating the birth of modern-day India, the High Commissioner concluded.