The 74th Republic Day of India was celebrated on January 27th with a special ceremony at the Embassy of India in Kathmandu. Ambassador of India to Nepal, Naveen Srivastava, unfurled the national flag and read out the address to the nation from the President of India, Droupadi Murmu.
During the ceremony, President Murmu highlighted the progress made by India on the economic front, noting the country’s efforts to achieve Mahatma Gandhi’s ideal of “Sarvodaya” or the upliftment of all, despite global economic uncertainties. The Ambassador also felicitated war widows and next of kin of deceased soldiers by disbursing their dues of Rs. 46 million and providing blankets.
In addition, Ambassador Srivastava presented books to various institutions and reiterated India’s commitment to helping retired soldiers. The Embassy also unveiled the Bhu Puu-2022 magazine, which covers the welfare initiatives of the government of India for ex-servicemen living in Nepal.
Chief Minister of Madhes Province, Saroj Kumar Yadav, praised India’s role in the development of Nepal, stating that the Indian government had provided important support in the fields of education, health, and infrastructure. He also encouraged Indian investors to expand their investment in Nepal.
Consul General of India in Birgunj, Nitesh Kumar, extended his congratulations and best wishes to the Indian community and friends of India living in Nepal.