Kuwait: Over 5,000
Indian nationals gathered here Wednesday to celebrate the
country's 62nd Republic Day, organised by the Indian embassy.
Ajai Malhotra, India's ambassador to Kuwait, unfurled the national
flag, which was followed by the singing of the national anthem.
Malhotra read out to the gathering the address to the nation by
President Pratibha Patil, according to an embassy statement.
Children from three Indian schools in Kuwait sang patriotic songs
and an all-girls band from the Indian Community School performed
to the delight of those attending the programme.
An reception with Indian snacks and refreshments followed the
Over 5,000 Indian nationals from all walks of life, including
domestic workers, members of Indian associations and other
professionals and businessmen and their families joined in the
"India-Kuwait relations are exemplary, characterised by warmth,
mutual respect and understanding. They have a solid foundation in
the long-standing and deep-rooted friendship between our peoples
and civilizations," Malhotra said.
"Our special relationship extends beyond historical and cultural
linkages to encompass political, trade and economic interests.
Exchanges have also taken place in numerous diverse fields ranging
from culture to hydrocarbons, manpower development to tourism,
journalism to defence," he said.
Malhotra said Indians form the largest expatriate community in
Kuwait and have a reputation for being industrious, talented,
disciplined and law abiding.
There are over 640,000 Indians in Kuwait.
He also congratulated the people of Kuwait on the 50th anniversary
of that country's independence from Britain June 19, 1961.
Several major newspapers in Kuwait also issued special supplements
to mark India's Republic Day.