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Indian diaspora celebrate R-Day

About 250 members of the Indian diaspora community and several trainee officers of the Indian armed forces in uniform joined together to celebrate Republic Day.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 15:30 IST

The 58th Republic Day of India was celebrated with ceremony and resolution by Indian missions and overseas Indians in various parts of the world, from Washington to Beijing.

In Washington, the Indian American community celebrated Republic Day with Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen unfurling the national flag at a colourful function at the Indian embassy Friday.

About 250 members of the community and several trainee officers of the Indian armed forces in uniform joined the function that concluded with Sen reading the president's message and the singing of the national anthem and patriotic songs.

In London, India's Acting High Commissioner Asoke Mukerji unfurled the national flag, followed by the recitation of national anthem.

Speaking on the occasion, Mukerji said, "The Indian community in the UK can take pride in the fact that their continued contribution to the prosperity and development of both their adopted homeland as well as their motherland has been a major factor in India's emergence as a global power."

"We are especially proud that this year's Republic Day Honours list carries the names of four eminent persons from the United Kingdom," he added.

This year, 12 overseas Indians from around the world have been honoured with the Padma awards for their achievements in various fields.

In Abu Dhabi, Indian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chandra Mohan Bhandari unfurled the Indian flag at the embassy premises in the presence of a large gathering of diplomats, VIPs and members of the Indian community.

In Dubai, India's new Consul-General Venu Rajamony hoisted the flag at the Indian High School ground.

In Doha, cultural programmes and renditions of patriotic songs by expatriate Indians marked the celebrations. India's Ambassador to Qatar George Joseph hoisted the tricolour at the premises of the Indian Cultural Centre.

Similar ceremonies were held in the other Gulf nations as well.

In Beijing, India's Ambassador Nirupama Rao hoisted the flag. A large gathering sang the national anthem and raised chants of 'Bharat mata ki jai'.

In Islamabad, India's High Commissioner to Pakistan Satyabrata Pal hoisted the flag, while in Moscow, in the absence of Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, who was in New Delhi for President Vladimir Putin's visit, charge d'affaires Divyabh Manchanda unfurled the tricolour.