MESSAGE FROM H.E. MS. M. MANIMEKALAI, AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO ROMANIA
On India’s 68th Independence Day, 15th August, 2014, we recall the Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi, and his life by example, of non-violene, tolerance and peace, as relevant today as it was in the last century which saw great wars and the demise of empires.
On the midnight of 14th August 1947 as the nation listened, the voice of the first Prime Minister of an Independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru speaking in the Constituent Assembly, came across the radio, celebrating and exhorting his countrymen: “…… At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom…… It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity……..”.
India has come a long way since 1947 and the hopes and aspirations of the young in this century, confront new challenges which our Government is committed to address through the process of development.
We also celebrate throughout this year 65 years of diplomatic relations between India and Romania. Our ties go back centuries, but in the last six-and-a-half decades we have made great strides in economic, cultural and social contacts, underpinned by high-level political contacts. India in May this year has sworn a new Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a major electoral process. The Government is already working to further strengthen relations with all our neighbours and is committed to enhancing economic and commercial interaction and bonds, across the board.
India and Romania signed an important “Extended Partnership” during the visit of H.E. Mr. Titus Corlatean, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, to India in 2013 and we look forward to greater interaction and engagement in key sectors. Other Agreements have also been signed in 2013. The business, student and cultural exchanges between India and Romania are growing rapidly as also tourism. Indian companies have significant joint ventures in sectors like IT, infrastructure, pharma, consultancy, etc. These healthy trends augur well to strengthen the steady bond of trust and friendship between our two nations.
2014 also marks the hundredth anniversary of the First World War. Thousands of Indians fell in both the World Wars on all major fronts. India is grateful to the Government of Romania and the local authorities for helping us to honour our countrymen who died in the First World War and are buried here and made the supreme sacrifice, for a selfless cause.
The Indian ethos is reflective of peace, friendship and dialogue between nations and peoples and India will continue to work in this spirit.
India’s Independence Day also coincides with St. Mary’s Day celebrated in Romania, and we greet our generous Romanian hosts even as we celebrate our National Day.