Over 200 Indian nationals gathered at the India Association of Belait (IAB) Hall in Seria to mark India’s 71st Republic Day last Sunday.
High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar was the guest of honour.
Republic Day honours the date in which the Constitution of India came into effect (January 26, 1950), replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The day is celebrated as a national holiday throughout India, together with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events.
As part of the event, a recorded video of Republic Day celebrations held in New Delhi was played before the gathering, followed by a video message of Indian President Ramnath Kovind.
Ajaneesh Kumar highlighted the importance of the event and emphasised the importance of empowering children through education, and applauded IAB’s efforts to activate a library.
In addition to the books donated earlier by the office of the Indian High Commissioner, another set of books was also donated to IAB during the event.
The library, which was there early, has now been reactivated within the IAB building and the books were donated by the High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam and IAB members. Books include fiction, Indian history, languages and novels.
The newly set-up library was inaugurated by Ajaneesh Kumar.
The library was launched with the handing over of a book by Ajaneesh Kumar to senior IAB member and teacher Molly Mathews, who has been in Brunei for over 50 years.
IAB Vice President Renjit Gopalakrishnan delivered welcoming remarks, and Deputy Secretary Anup Vijay the vote of thanks.
General Secretary Chandramohan felicitated the high commissioner with a memento, together with IAB President Salim Abdul Karim.