NEARLY 120 persons of India origin along with friends of India celebrated India’s 71st Independence Day with gaiety and patriotic in a simple but the Indian Consulate in Bali. Indian tri-colour Flag at the premises of the Consulate in Renon. This was followed by the collective singing of the National Anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’ written by the noted Indian Poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore who had visited Bali in 1927. The students and Teachers of Gandhi Memorial International School in Renon, Bali sang patriotic songs’ chhodo kal ki baate’

      The Consul General read out the Address of the India’s new President. Ram Nath Kovind delivered on the eve of Independence Day. In his speech, the President referred to the sacrifices made by the countless freedom fighters and urged all Indians to draw inspiration from their lives and invoke the same spirit in the task of nation building. The President urged his fellow citizens to become active participants in nation building by ensuring the success of various government schemes like the Clean India Campaign. He emphasized the need for a modern, but compassionate society. He also complemented his fellow citizens for the support in the government campaign against corruption and during the demonetization. The President also called for all Indians to exhibit a spirit of selflessness for a better society.

     The Consulate arranged a live telecast of the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi. Thereafter, the Consulate also screened a video titled Mapping Frontiers, Two Years of Pathbreaking Diplomacy from Ministry of External Affairs of India. *BTNewspaper/de/pr

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