By Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui
Kohram News, Muscat, 26th January 2016
The Indian community in the Sultanate of Oman celebrated the 67th Republic Day with gaiety and fervor on Tuesday. The official ceremony was held at the India House, Embassy of the Republic of India. H. E Indra Mani Pandey, Indian Ambassador in the Sultanate of Oman unfurled the national tricolor at 9. 30 am sharp followed by the national anthem. The ambassador read out the President of India Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation on this auspicious occasion.
The Indian ambassador H. E Indra Mani Pandey greeted the Indians a happy Republic Day.
He applauded unity in diversity and asked the Indian community in Oman to contribute in their own ways for the development of India. He referred to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He urged the Indian community to look at the sectors for possible investment. He assured the Indians living in Oman to make efforts towards improving the conditions of Indian workers in consultation and coordination with the Government of Oman.
He paid tributes to the friendly relations between Oman and India.
The students of Indian School, Al Ghubra in Muscat rendered patriotic songs. ‘Mere Desh ki Dharti Sona Uglegi…’ and ‘Chak De India’ took the expatriate community back home to India for a short time though.
The efforts of the students and the teachers were appreciated and honoured with mementoes.
The unassuming ambassador H. E Indra Mani Pandey greeted each and every Indian and the Omani guests. Among the dignitaries present were Shaikh Kanakshi Khimji – world’s only Hindu Shaikh, who is an Omani citizen. Refreshments were served on the joyous occasion.
(Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui is a senior journalist, political analyst and columnist based in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman).