Concord and not discord is the way forward

2012-01-27 00:00

SIXTY-THREE years after gaining independence, India still reveres its Constitution and sees nation building as a key component to its progress.

Guests at the celebrations of the 63rd Republic Day of India heard excerpts of the address by the president of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, read out by the Durban Indian Consul General, Anil Sharan. The function to celebrate the country’s Republic day was held at the consul general’s home in Durban.

“During various times of difficulties or when searching for an answer, the Constitution has provided us our moorings,” said Patil in her address. “It was framed by those who participated in the freedom struggle and had a deep understanding of the aspirations of the people, and of our culture.

“The Constitution has been and should be our compass, guiding us to nation-building.”

She went on to say, “Nations are built through great patience and sacrifices. Concord and not discord is the way forward [...] All issues, therefore, must be resolved through dialogue and there can be no place for violence.”

In Durban, the 63rd Republic Day of India was celebrated with the unfurling of the National Flag by Sharan, the singing of the anthem and other patriotic songs and an evening cultural event at the City Hall. “The event is held especially for Indian Nationals and friends of India are invited,” said Sharan.

“There are approximately 25 000 Indian nationals in South Africa, mostly residing in Gauteng, who are attracted to South Africa for both business and tourism. Events like these are very satisfying as the enthusiastic participation by Indian nationals and friends of India indicates a strong relationship between the two countries and a resonance of patriotism.”

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