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India’s Independence Day in the United Kingdom


More than 200 people celebrated India’s Independence Day in the glorious sunshine with a flag raising ceremony at Newham Town Hall in East Ham on Saturday 15 August.

The event was hosted by Newham's Deputy Mayor Councillor Christine Bowden, and Executive member for Community Affairs, Councillor Unmesh Desai. Also in attendance were Stephen Timms MP and members of the Indian Athletics Federation who joined the crowd in a rousing rendition of the Indian national anthem.

The Indian flag was raised alongside the Union Flag and the Borough's crest. Also present were Newham councillors, council officers, residents and guests from community and faith groups.

Councillor Bowden said: “We are proud that in Newham we have so many communities living and working together in harmony.

The Indian community has flourished in the UK and is one of the largest ‘minority groups’ in Newham. Everywhere they have gone, they have left a positive mark upon the community.”

Councillor Desai added: "It was a wonderful day, I was so proud to see such a fantastic turn-out for the event.”

The 63rd Independence Day of India was celebrated with enthusiasm and fanfare at India House, London today. Acting High Commissioner Shri Asoke Mukerji hoisted the tricolour followed by singing of national anthem. Representatives of Indian Armed Forces saluted the national flag.

The Address to the Nation by the President of India, H.E. Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the eve of the 63rd Independence Day of India was broadcast on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Mukerji remarked on the close ties between India and the UK in diverse areas such as trade and investment, education, tourism etc. He praised the contribution of the Indian community in the UK which cements these ties and act as a bridge of friendship between the two counties.

The 63rd Independence Day of India was also celebrated at the Consulate Generals of India in Birmingham and Edinburgh.

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