Indians across the world soaked in the spirit of patriotism as they
celebrated the Republic Day with fervour today to mark 64 years since the
establishment of the Indian constitution.
The Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital celebrated the Republic Day
today with High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal hoisting the national tricolour at
an official function.
Sabharwal read out President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the nation on the eve
of Republic Day and children of the High Commission's staff performed patriotic
The High Commissioner later presented gifts to the children. The function was
held at the High Commission within the high-security diplomatic enclave in the
heart of Islamabad.
At the Indian Embassy in Beijing, S Jaishankar, Ambassador to China, hoisted the
tricolour at the new premises as celebrations marked India's Republic Day.
After the flag hoisting ceremony, attended by a large gathering, Beijing-based
Indian professionals and their families, Jaishankar read the message of the
Later, noted Indian Bharatanatyam dancer and founder of Abhinaya Dance Centre in
New Delhi, Jayalakshmi Eshwar performed along with her students at the Indian
Embassy's cultural centre.
Last night Jaishankar hosted a Republic Day reception, which was attended by
senior Chinese civil and military officials.
Zhang Ping, Chairman of the National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC), a
Chinese official body akin to Planning Commission of India and Vice Foreign
Minister Fu Ying attended the reception, representing the Chinese government.
A number of Chinese civil and military officials, besides diplomats of various
countries attended colourful reception.
In Guangzhou, Consulate General, K Nagraj Naidu hoisted the flag at the Indian
Consulate. A number Indian businessmen and officials also attended the ceremony.
More than 500 Indians in Singapore joined the High Commissioner of India, Dr T C
A Raghavan to celebrate the Republic Day.
Raghavan unfurled the tricolour and read the President's speech. Students from
local Indian schools sang the national anthem and patriotic songs.
The High Commission in Singapore also hosted a tea reception for the Indian
community and friends of India.
Traditional hoisting of the national tricolor, march past by children studying
in Indian schools and cultural programmes marked celebrations in the Gulf
Indian Embassies and Consulates across the Gulf region organised dinner
The Indian ambassador to the Philippines Amit Dasgupta, today exhorted the
Indian community to set an exemplary perception of India.
At the Republic Day celebration attended by multitude of Indian business
community in Philippines, officials serving at the Asian Development Bank and
the IT industry, the Indian tricolour was unfurled to the spirited singing of
the national anthem by all those present.
Dasgupta also read out the address by President Mukherjee and congratulated all
those present on the occasion.
He called upon the community to behave in the manner "befitting how India needs
to be perceived". He also asked them to exercise vigilance and caution.
Dasgupta emphasised on the accessibility of all officials at the Indian Embassy
for advancement of business interests and resolution of any issues pertaining to
Numerous young children in their colourful Indian outfits turned up at the
morning festivity and heard President Mukherjee's message.
India's national tricolour also fluttered proudly across South East Asia today
with Indian expatriates thronging Indian embassies to take part in the
India's Ambassador to Thailand, Anil Wadhwa, unfurled the flag at the Embassy
premises here and read out President Mukherjee's address to the nation.
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