Indians in Qatar celebrate 71st Republic Day

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Indians in Qatar celebrate 71st Republic Day
Indians in Qatar gathered in hundreds to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India, on Sunday morning, at their embassy premises. 
The Ambassador of India to Qatar, His Excellency P. Kumaran hoisted the national flag in presence of embassy officials including Defence Attache, Capt. Kapil Kaushik, First Secretary, Hemant Kumar Dwivedi, Indian Cultural Centre office bearers, well-known businessmen and other prominent guests from the Indian community.
The celebrations started with the hoisting of the Indian flag by HE P. Kumaran followed by the singing of the National Anthem by those assembled for the auspicious occasion.
Excerpts from the speech by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind read out by the Indian ambassador stated, “Our constitution has given some rights to all of us as citizens of an independent democracy.”
 “But within the Constitution itself, we have also taken the responsibility that we should always be committed to the fundamental democratic ideals of justice, liberty and equality and brotherhood,” he added.
Inspector General Anwar Khan, commander of the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Paheredar, visiting Qatar in conjunction with the Republic Day celebrations, also attended the function along with some crew members.
The Indian Coast Guard Ship docked at Hamad Port, further strengthens the time-tested friendship between India and Qatar and enhances the maritime co-operation between the two nations.
Subordinate Officer (SO) S K Singh of ICGS Samudra Paheredar was felicitated by the ambassador for his courageous act in saving precious lives in a successful operation dealing with fire and salvage of OSV Coastal Jaguar, off the Visakhapatnam coast.
A medley of patriotic songs by students followed the official function.
The Indian Ambassador, His Excellency P. Kurmaran in a special message to all Indian followers of QatarDay said, “I sincerely wish you all a very happy 71st Republic Day. The contributions made by Indians who first came to Qatar ages ago and those that followed helped in making us the largest expat community in this country.
We are also grateful to the Qatar government for their continued support for Indians living and working here.”
A festive atmosphere rendered the air, as Indian diaspora members breakfasted while meeting and greeting each other, ending the two-hour long event.