Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal and his wife Dr Alpana Mittal are joined by Qatar's Minister of Commerce and Industry HE Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Department director ambassador Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro, and Diplomatic Corps dean and Eritrean ambassador Ali Ibrahim Ahmed in cutting a ceremonial cake at the reception Tuesday evening. Pictures: Jayan Orma and Shaji Kayamkulam
The Indian community in Qatar celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India with patriotic fervour at a special function held Tuesday, adhering to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Indian ambassador, Dr Deepak Mittal, hoisted Indian national flag at the embassy premises, followed by the national anthem. The envoy read out the message of the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, during the event.
Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal hoisting the national flag at the embassy
Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal and his wife Dr Alpana Mittal join community members in cutting a cake after the flag hoisting at the embassy
A cultural programme at the reception
Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal addressing the gathering at the embassy
Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal, his wife Dr Alpana Mittal and other officials join Bangiya Parishad Qatar team in singing the national anthem at the embassy event
Several community leaders including office bearers of apex bodies under Indian embassy were present on the occasion. The number of participants at the event was limited.
Dr Mittal also highlighted on the occasion, the efforts of the Indian community in Qatar and praised them for their selfless efforts during the Covid-19 times.
“All of you have selflessly come forward to help the community members. Your efforts and assistance helped several of the fellow Indians in times of their need and helplessness. It also ensured that every one of them was provided with the necessary items and assistance including medicines,” pointed out the envoy.
Dr Mittal read out relevant parts of the address of the Indian president which began, “For all of us, this is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that the constitution propounds. These values – Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us. Its abiding adherence is meant not only for those who are mandated to govern but for the people at large.”
“The adversities of the previous year have only reminded us of what we have always known deep in our hearts - that care and concern for humanity and the feeling of fraternity is what kept us together for millennia. In every sphere, Indians rose to the occasion, and put others before themselves. We Indians live and die for humanity,” highlighted the president.
“Adversity often plays the role of a great teacher. It makes us stronger and more confident. With that confidence, India has taken great strides in several sectors," stressed the president in his message.
The function was followed by a recital of patriotic song by Bangiya Parishad Qatar. At the end of the event ambassador Dr Mittal cut a cake along with the participants to mark the occasion.
The event was simultaneously live streamed online on social media handles and on the YouTube Channel of the embassy. In the evening yesterday, at a reception at Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Dr Mittal was joined by Qatar's Minister of Commerce and Industry HE Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari in cutting a ceremonial cake.
Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Department director ambassador Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro, Diplomatic Corps dean and Eritrean ambassador Ali Ibrahim Ahmed were among the dignitaries. The event also featured cultural performances.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mittal commended the Indian Community in Qatar for their exemplary courage and determination with which they worked on the front lines and contributed to the efforts of Qatar to fight the pandemic.
"It is not surprising that many of them were honoured by Qatar on its National Day on December 18, 2020. In this context, I also thank His Highness the Amir of Qatar for including everyone irrespective of their nationality in their national vaccine drive.
"Indeed, the Indian Community in Qatar has truly made Qatar their second home. They have been contributing to Qatar’s growth and development in all walks of life. Today, we see Indians in all sectors in Qatar contributing in various capacities as workers, doctors, engineers, businessmen, artists, managers, educators, advisers, lawyers, builders, etc. The entire community celebrates and participates in Qatar’s successes, including the return of Asian Games to Qatar in 2030.
"We are proud of the Indian companies and workers who have been participating in the successful and timely delivery of the infrastructure for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022," the envoy added.