British Asia News Network
London: The 70th Republic Day of India, was celebrated in a grand manner at the Great Hall in Guildhall on 28 January, by a reception hosted by HE Mrs Ruch Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India and her husband Mr A.R. Ghanashyam.
Rt Hon Jeremy Paul Wright QC was the guest of honour, with a well-attended guest list of nearly 900 leading dignitaries from the South Asian diasporas, diplomats, attaches, academicians, Parliamentarians, high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development, Advisors to the Indian High Commission from the Army, Navy and Air Force and Chief Minister of States of Guernsey, Gavin St Pier, among many others.
The event started with the Indian and United Kingdom’s national anthems Jana Gana Mana and God save the Queen, followed by encouraging speeches by HE Mrs Ruch Ghanashyam and Rt Hon Jeremy Paul Wright QC.
The diplomats reiterated the strong ties between the two countries that will only grow stronger over the coming months, briefly identifying the areas of potential growth for both countries, at a crucial time for the United Kingdom.
Rt Hon Jeremy Paul Wright QC said UK was happy to welcome the Indian cricket team during the World Cup in England, joking about the England team losing in Birmingham, over the overwhelming Indian supporters there.
The event displayed some brilliant dance performances, showcasing Indian culture and ended with a scrumptious Indian buffet dinner, rendering that perfect touch of Indian hospitality.
Every year, the Indian High Commission celebrates Republic Day by bringing together leading professionals, businesses, diplomats, uniformed services and Parliamentarians from across communities to come together for the revelries.
Mr. Virendra Sharma MP and Lord Suri of Ealing were the only British Indian parliamemtarians present at the occasion this year.
The Republic Day honours 26 January 1950, when the Constitution of India, adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly, came into effect replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India. It was on this day in 1929 that the Indian National Congress opposed the Dominion status offered by the British and proclaimed the Declaration of Indian Independence.