The Indian community in Bhutan celebrated India’s 75th Independence Day with a ceremonial function on the morning of 15 August at the India House Estate in Hejo.
The national flag of India was hoisted by the newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Sudhakar Dalela, followed by the singing of the national anthem by attendees.
Gyalpoi Zimpon Ugyen K. Namgyel offered khadhar to the Ambassador on behalf of Bhutan. The Zimpon along with Foreign Secretary Pema Choden and other senior government officials represented the Royal Government of Bhutan in the ceremony.
The flag hoisting ceremony was attended by the officers and other ranks of the Indian Military Training Team, DANTAK, and Indians on deputation with the Royal Government, Representatives from Public Sector Units, and other members of the local Indian community.
The Ambassador read out President Droupadi Murmu’s address to the gathering and inspected a parade. A large number of Thimphu-based Indians attended the colorful event.
After reading out the message of the President, the Indian Ambassador in his address to the gathering said that Bhutan and India share extraordinary close ties of friendship and cooperation that are deeply rooted in history and underpinned by utmost goodwill, mutual trust, and understanding at all levels.
Highlighting the time-tested and exemplary relationship between the two countries over, Ambassador said he looks forward to working together to build on the firm foundations of the India-Bhutan close partnership and to advance it further across sectors, responding to new opportunities and challenges of our times.
The event was followed by a melodious rendition of patriotic songs by Indian and Bhutanese artists witnessed by the members of the Indian community and friends of India in Bhutan who attended the ceremony.
The celebration was part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ which commenced in March 2021 to commemorate the historic milestone of 75 years of India’s Independence.