Melbourne: Pushing the rains and chill in the background, a bright sunny morning ushered the Indian Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony at the St Kilda office of the Indian Consulate. Members of the community turned up in full strength to mark this significant date in history when India gained its liberty and became a free country at midnight between August 14 and August 15, 1947.
New Consul General of India Raj Kumar hosted the tricolour which fluttered amid the blue skies as the national anthem united the crowd who had come to show their love and respect.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar welcomed the community members and read out a message from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. “Indians can be very different in their tastes and habits, but Indians share the same dreams. Before 1947, the dreams were for a free India. Today, the dreams are for accelerated development; for effective and transparent governance; and yet for a smaller footprint of government in our everyday lives,” read Kovind’s message.
Snacks were served and patriotic songs played at the CGI premises in the true spirit of camaraderie and friendship.