The Indian Embassy hosted National Youth Day celebrations on 12 January, which was attended by members of the Indian diaspora and friends of India in Kuwait. National Youth Day falls on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Praising the relationship between India and Kuwait, Ambassador of India H.E. Sibi George said in his opening remarks: “The relationship between India and Kuwait is historic and deep-rooted by civilizational affinities tracing back to centuries. At the heart of this relationship are the people-to-people exchanges which have sustained and nurtured this close relationship over centuries. These vibrant exchanges have transformed the relationship substantially into a mutually beneficial long-standing dynamic partnership.”

Lauding the vibrant Indian community in Kuwait, the ambassador said, “The admiration and affection garnered by our community is not a mere coincidence, rather it is the result of the hard work put in by generations of our people living and working here. It is a testimony to our values and ethos of peaceful and harmonious coexistence that we as Indians stand for.”

Emphasizing that Swami Vivekananda was a colossal figure in his nation’s history, Ambassador George noted, “I am happy that we are unveiling this portrait of Swamiji today at the Embassy. His teachings will continue to influence the lives of every Indian, whether in India or abroad. This portrait will serve as a reminder to us, and also to all visitors to our Mission, on the contributions of Swamiji who energized the young people, made them aware and unleashed their creative energies.”

Concluding his speech, he said, “It was Swamiji who said that the fearless, bold, clean-hearted, courageous and aspirational youth is the foundation on which the future of the nation is built. He always believed in our youth and youth power.”

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