The Embassy of India in Kuwait organized a program to mark India’s Constitution Day on November 26, and held a small memorial for victims on the anniversary of the November 26 terrorist attack. In an address to the gathering, the Indian Ambassador H.E. Sibi George provided a stirring depiction of events leading to the adoption of the Indian Constitution to a distinguished gathering of guests, teachers, and others. During the program, a live telecast of the reading of the Preamble of the Constitution by the Hon’ble President of India was displayed to the audience.
The Indian Ambassador remarked, “We all heard the following words of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru many times in the history of independent India. Addressing the Constituent Assembly on the midnight of August 14, 1947 he said, I quote “Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny; and now the time has come when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
Praising his country for their progress in recent times, he said, “This constitution has also provided India the necessary framework to make notable achievements in diverse fields, including atomic energy, space science, agriculture, bio-technology and, of course, information technology, for which India is well-known the world over. It is a matter of pride for an Ambassador to say with confidence that the economic and scientific transformation India achieved was under a constitution which guarantees liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; equality of status and of opportunity.”
“India today is a land of billion opportunities,” he noted, “India will soon overtake China as the most populous country in the world. But we are proud that we govern ourselves as a sovereign democratic republic. “
Acknowledging a grim reminder of a terrible act on this day, he said sadly, “While November 26 is a happy occasion as India celebrates Constitution Day but it also is a sad reminder of the Mumbai terror attacks, which had taken place on this day in 2008.”
“We continue to face the menace of cross border terrorism. It is a day to rededicate ourselves in the fight against terrorism. It is a day to declare to ourselves and to the world that our constitution, our democracy and our country will continue to flourish and progress,” Ambassador Sibi George concluded.
As part of the festivities, a weeklong Photo Exhibition was inaugurated, and a documentary was screened on the theme ‘Making of the Indian constitution’. The event was also live streamed on Embassy’s social media handles due to the covid19 situation.