India’s moon mission and the government’s “bold” decision to promote development in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were hailed by High Commissioner Dr AM Gondane at the India Independence Day celebrations held on 15 August at the India House, at Canberra. Dr Gondane also read out the President’s Address to the Nation on the eve of the Independence Day. More than 100 guests including members of Indian community and friends of India attended the flag hoisting ceremony on the 72nd anniversary of India’s Independence.
Later, a reception was hosted in the evening at the Iconic Albert Hall. More than 250 guests including the Chief Minister of Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Federal Parliamentarians, MLAs of ACT Assembly, Chief of Protocol, senior officials from Department of Foreign Affairs and other departments of Australian Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, prominent members of Indian diaspora in Canberra, attended the Reception.
In his address, the High Commissioner traced the progress of modern India since Independence and the significant milestones achieved in every sphere of endeavour including the recent historic launch of lunar orbiter / lander mission (Chandrayan 2) and highlighted the ascent of Indian economy.
Dr Gondane also touched upon the bold decision taken recently by the Indian Government to ensure good governance, social justice and also promote economic development in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. On the bilateral relations with Australia, Dr Gondane stressed on the need to build on the excellent foundation to help realise the vast untapped potential across all areas.
Chief Minister of ACT Mr. Andrew Barr and Senator Malcolm Roberts also addressed the gathering on the occasion and shared their views on Australia-India’s relation and the contribution of Indian diaspora in Australia. During the Independence Day Reception, Mission organised two special stalls to promote the “Make in India” and “Digital India” initiative of Govt. of India detailing the measures taken/ being taken to transform India into the Global Design & Manufacturing Hub and into a digitally empowered knowledge based economy.