“As India rises, it does so through its global partnerships, especially with friends such as the UK. With the British people, we share history, values, culture, trade and investment flows, a living bridge of people of Indian origin who have contributed so much to British industry, healthcare, sport, politics and cuisine,” said Indian High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami in his address at the 74th Republic Day festivities at the Guildhall in London this week.
He reflected upon the Constitution of India and what the “remarkable” document truly means to the country as it celebrates the day it was formally adopted.
He said: “The definition of a Constitution doesn’t quite cover the sentiment and the meaning of the Constitution of India as it is for 1.4 billion people.
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“As it currently stands, our Constitution obviously sets out the promises that we Indians made to ourselves, on our own as a free nation, to ensure fundamental rights, to ensure justice, liberty, equality and fraternity to all of our people. But it was also much more than that; it was the context of the adoption of the Constitution of India and the spirit it instilled in Indians for generations that makes it most remarkable.”
Lord Ahmad said: “We welcome our close alignment with India, our close bilateral working with India and wish India well as it hosts the G20 meetings.
“I do believe that through India’s leadership at the G20 we will continue to strengthen our resolve through the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit not just for our two nations, but for the whole world. When India and the United Kingdom stand together, we are not just stronger between us, we are stronger for the globe.”
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The Brigade of Gurkhas band played the national anthem of India and the UK, followed by a medley of Indian folk dances coupled with ballet and jazz by the Bollywood Dance School of UK to the tune of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.
Earlier on January 26, India House played host to its annual flag hoisting ceremony of the Indian tricolour, also replete with colourful song and dance.