OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSION OF INDIA LAGOS, HOST FASCINATING EVENT IN LAGOS.
Head of Chancery Unfurls National Flag and Delivers President’s Remarks
On the 26th January, 2022, Indians at home and around the world celebrated this year Republic Day in a unique festive mood inspite of the global pandemic challenge. The event, which reminds of when Indian Constitution came into effect and the country becoming self-governing, a ‘REPUBLIC’ on January 26, 1950, since gaining independence from the British in 1947 is commemorated annually. And, it is usually an occasion the whole country and citizens in the diasporas eagerly look forward to. This year makes it a special occasion because it is India’s 75th Independence anniversary and the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Towards this, and in giving broader recognition and inclusiveness to the occasion beyond the Indian shores, Indian’s foreign diplomatic Missions also celebrate and are key hosts of this important event in their various host countries. And, this is no exception in Nigeria as Indian High Commission in Abuja and Lagos, rose up to expectations.
It was therefore a day and time of thanksgiving, rejoicing and mingling as the Office of the High Commission of India, Lagos, hosted the Citizens of India, Persons of Indian origin and Friends of India, to mark the 73rd Republic Day of India on the 26th of January, 2022, Wednesday, at the ambiance of the mission.
Held under strict Covid-19 protocols, the gathering was that of glamour and glory as invitees resplendently looking in traditional attires and complimentary clothing turned up early (and in impressive numbers) to celebrate with a giant-nation, broadly acknowledged in many areas of nation building exploits and global accomplishments.
The Chief Host, Mr. Rachit Rawat and his Team, were on ground to warmly-welcome the guests at the mission premises. The Head Of Chancery also led the unfurling of the Tricolour and read the President’s remarks highlighting the country’s achievements, praising the Founders of India, the gallant Heroes, living legends and patriotic citizens who have moved and still moving Indian forward.
Other highlights of the events include: cultural performances ( featuring a blend of inter-cultural exchanges with some Nigerian dancers performing to some Indian songs ), patriotic songs rendition by students of Indian school in Lagos, displays of products and services of Indian companies represented in Nigeria’s, including a comprehensive health check-up booth, presentations of bilingual calendar, gifts and souvenirs, productive networks established and sumptuous refreshment of Indian delicacies available for everyone. The Indian Cultural Association, Lagos, led by its president, Chief Sanjay Jain was also actively around ensuring the get-together went on smoothly.
Similarly, the celebrations at the home front (in India) though scaled down due to the pandemic was glamorous and a spectacle to behold and applaud: comprising the annual parade which began at Rajpath, Delhi, and ends at the India Gate, the President’s Ram Nath Kovind’s address, recognitions and award presentations to deserving citizens (dead and alive), Prime Minister Modi’s presence and salute, aircraft shows by the nation’s military and accompanying public joy nation-wide.
Kudos to the Office of the High Commission of India, Lagos and Mr Rachit Rawat for an amazing and ceremonious event.
Acclaim Nigeria International Magazine (ANIM), was there and covered the event.