India goes platinum
Luminaries from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, business and the media joined the newly-arrived Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam within at the City of London’s historic Guildhall for a vibrant celebration of India’s 70th Republic Day.
In her Republic Day address (her first in London) the High Commissioner listed India’s many achievements over the past seven decades, such as its status as the world’s largest democracy (which will be demonstrated in the upcoming parliamentary elections) and the world’s sixth largest and fastest growing economy.
Turning to UK-India ties, the High Commissioner said the world’s oldest and largest democracies “shared values and a commitment to a rules-based international system”. Their strategic partnership encompassed a wide range of areas – from trade to digital, education, science and technology and defence, all underpinned by the “living bridge” of a large and vibrant Indian diaspora.
The diaspora were the foundation of the cultural ties between the two nations, said guest of Honour, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP. After a successful India-UK shared year of culture in 2018, Britain looked forward to welcoming Indian sports fans to the Cricket World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The cultural fusion continued as guests savoured steaming bowls of curry while being mesmerised by Bharatanatyam and Kathak dance under the Medieval gothic arches of Guildhall.
Above Photo: High Commissioner Ghanashyam and guest of honour the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport
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