On the occasion of the 71st Independence Day of India, a mesmerizing ceremony was held at the premises of the Consulate General of India, Jeddah. Consul General, Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh hoisted the National flag, which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. The Consul General then read out the President’s message to the Nation. A large number of Indian nationals including ladies and children, persons of Indian Origin, Saudi Nationals and people from media attended the function. Children from International Indian School, Jeddah presented patriotic songs and enchanted the audience.
In his speech, the Consul General, Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh greeted the Indian diaspora present on the completion of 70 years of India’s Independence. He recollected August 15, 1947, the day when we became a free nation, the day when we were free to imagine and build our new nation. He emphasized that the dream for a free India was rooted in an ordinary village and great sacrifices were made by countless freedom fighters.
He recalled the sacrifices and courage of inspirational freedom fighters like Chennama, the Rani of Kittur, Lakshmibai of Jhansi, Matangini Hazra – the heroine and martyr of the Quit India Movement, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Birsa Munda, Gandhiji, Nehruji, Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and many others. He added that the galaxy of revolutionary leaders spoke not just about the political freedom but also emphasized the moral character of India and of the modern Indian society.
In his speech, the Consul General also spoke about the children and women education and empowerment, about the social responsibilities and the sense of caring and sharing and of interdependence to build a gentler and happier society. He also discussed about the Swachchh Bharat Campaign and about the idea of promoting Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao.
The Consul General in his speech highlighted that by the year 2022, we need to resolve to attain certain desired milestones for the New India as our country will complete by then 75 years of Independence. We need to build a compassionate society with unique selflessness. We need to uplift and help the less fortunate ones. He quoted Gautum Buddha saying, “Be a lamp unto yourself”, to light up the path to a New India.
The speech was followed by the singing of the patriotic songs by the Nightingales of International Indian School, Jeddah. The ladybirds echoed the hall with the famous tracks, “Apni aazadi ko hum hargis mitasakte nahi” and “Khadam Khadam Badhaeja”.
The patriotic rhythms were soon followed by the cake cutting ceremony by the Consul General and his wife along with the members of the Consulate, and the women and the children and all.