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Indian Independence Day Reception

by Krishan Gopal Dutt

India’s 57th anniversary of Independence was celebrated with aplomb on the 15th of August at the Kensington Palace Gardens residence of High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma. Held under a giant shamiana erected for the special occasion in the large backgarden, the reception was attended by over 300 guests.

While the tall envoy in an immaculate buttoned-up jacket and matching trousers, and Mrs Sharma, mingled with the guests in an atmosphere of jovial cordiality, refreshments were passed around by a retinue of waiters in crisp white uniform. It was a sunny yet cool Sunday afternoon.

The High Commissioner also highlighted India’s favourable economic growth and the rapid pace of the country’s exports [Economics is apparently a subject very close to the distinguished diplomat’s heart given that he also served as Additional Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi]. Mr Sharma also said that India would become the third largest economy in the world by the year 2040.

Mr Sharma also referred to Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam’s Address to the Nation wherein the Head of State, being a scientist of repute, touched on the significance of science and technology to the nation’s advancement and prosperity. In what he called ‘Technology Enhanced Learning’, the President stressed the importance of rapid development in Information and Communications technology.

The guests were also entertained with a lively recital of the ever- popular Saray Jahan Say Achcha Hindustan Hamara by a group of young ladies in colourful Saris.

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