Indians mark 73rd Republic Day with patriotic fervour
January 26 2022 11:03 PM
HE Dr Ali bin Saeed bin Smaikh al-Marri and HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie cutting th
HE Dr Ali bin Saeed bin Smaikh al-Marri and HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie cutting the ceremonial cake along with Dr Deepak Mittal HE Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro looks on. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam

The 73rd Republic Day of India was celebrated Wednesday with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour in Qatar as Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal hoisted the Indian national flag on the embassy premises.

<< Dr Deepak Mittal hoisting the Indian tricolour

In the evening, during a reception at The Ritz-Carlton Doha, Dr Mittal was joined by HE the Minister of Labour Dr Ali bin Saeed bin Smaikh al-Marri and HE the Minister of Municipality Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie in cutting the ceremonial cake. Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Department director, ambassador Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro, was also present on the occasion. Patriotic fervour was palpable at the special event in the morning as a number of community members were present at the embassy early morning, following all the Covid-19 protocols. Several community leaders, including the office-bearers of apex bodies under the Indian embassy, were present. The number of participants at the event was limited and the ceremony was held in hybrid mode with different social media channels of the embassy streaming it online. Following the flag hoisting and rendering of the national anthem, the ambassador read out the message of the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on the occasion of Republic Day.
“It is an occasion to celebrate what is common to us all, our Indian-ness. It was on this day in 1950 that this sacred essence of us all assumed a formal shape. That day, India was established as the largest democratic republic and 'we the people' put into effect a Constitution that is an inspired document of our collective vision. The diversity and vibrancy of our democracy is appreciated world-wide. It is this spirit of unity and of being one nation which is celebrated every year as Republic Day,” the Indian president said in his message.

A patriotic song presentation at the embassy event.

“Patriotism strengthens the sense of duty among citizens. Whether you are a doctor or a lawyer, a shopkeeper or office-worker, a sanitation employee or a labourer, doing one's duty well and efficiently is the first and foremost contribution you make to the nation,” the president said.