This weekend, Indians living in the UAE are celebrating their nation’s 70th Republic Day with all kinds of cultural programmes within the premises of the Indian missions, Indian schools and community organizations. Indian Republic Day basically marks the anniversary of the India’s constitution coming into effect. India’s constitution came into effect on 26th January 1950.
From Thursday, Republic Day celebrations got kicked-off at the Indian Consulate auditorium by a group of students, who will be flowing to New Delhi for a five-day trip, as part of the ‘Proud to be an Indian’ quiz competition. For the contest, Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul was the chief guest.
On Friday evening, the mission would be organizing a cultural event which has been titled Bharat Parv (Celebrating India), where all Indians and friends of India can be a part. Students, community members, and local artists would be taking part in different cultural activities. The focus of the event is the presence of a group of war heroes and parents of martyrs, who will be lauded by the Consul General.
The senior-most braveheart who is going to be honored is Rear Admiral K. Mohanan, who took part in the 1971 war against Pakistan, flying from the decks of the aircraft carrier warship INS Vikrant.
The next recipients of the honor would be Lt. Cdr Praveen, who was a part of the 1994 UN Peace Keeping Mission in Somalia.
Major-turned-director-cum-actor A.K. Raveendran aka Major Ravi, will also be congratulated.
PKPV Panicker and Kalyani Panicker, parents of Kargil war martyr Captain PV Vikram; and K. Unnikrishnan and Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan, parents of NSG Commando Major Unnikrishnan, who was killed during the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack would be receiving the honor and tribute on behalf of their children who sacrificed their life on the line of duty. They will also be venerated by a Malayalam channel that has flown them in for the Republic Day celebrations on Saturday.
The official flag hoisting ceremony would be held on Saturday morning at the Indian missions.
Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE will be raising the flag at the Indian Embassy at 9am. Top diplomats would be reading out excerpts from the President’s Address to the Nation on the event.
The consulate along with the Indian High School in Dubai would be holding a mega celebration at the school’s campus in Oud Metha from 8.30am.
Abu Dhabi Indian School — Muroor, the largest school in the emirate, will also observe the day through cultural performances by students. There will be a special programme dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation.