India’s Amb. Amit Kumar in Seoul poses with guests in time with the Aug. 15 Independence Day of the country in an event held in Seoul. Photo courtesy of Indian Embassy in Seoul

India Amb. Amit Kumar marks Indian National Day

The Embassy of India in Seoul feted the country’s 77th Independence Day of late, holding a flag-hoisting ceremony in front of the Indian Embassy in Seoul.

It also hosted its congratulatory performances in addition to its informal gathering for Indian communities here last week at the Embassy while over 200 guests were on hand.

The Independence Day of India, which falls on Aug. 15, holds tremendous ground in the list of national days since it reminds every Indian about the dawn of a new beginning, the beginning of an era of deliverance from the clutches of British colonialism of more than 200 years, said India Amb. Amit Kumar on the podium.

According to the Embassy of India, it was on Aug. 15, 1947 when India was declared independent from British colonialism, and the reins of control were handed over to the leaders of the country.

India’s gaining of independence was a tryst with destiny, as the struggle for freedom was a long and tiresome one, witnessing the sacrifices of many freedom fighters, who laid down their lives on the line, conveyed the spokesman from the Embassy of India through its press release.

According to the Indian homepage, India’s President Droupadi Murmu pointed out in her address: “What we celebrate on Independence Day is the fact that we are part of a great democracy.”

“Each of us has many identities – apart from caste, creed, language, and region, we are also identified with our families and professions – but there is one identity that is above all,”

“That is our identity as citizens of India. Each one of us is an equal citizen; each one of us has an equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal duties in this land,” she said.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the heritage of its independence significance, adding today, Aug. 15, is also the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, the great revolutionary and pioneer of spiritual life.

According to Modi’s speech, it is also the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati ji. This year our nation is going to celebrate with great fervor the 500th birth anniversary of the iconic women warrior Rani Durgawati, said Modi.

“We will also be remembering the premier of ‘bhakti and yog’ Meerabai, on the occasion of 525th years of her life immersed in spiritualism,” he said.

“Our country will be celebrating a milestone of the 75th year on next Jan. 25, which is our Republic Day. There will not be a bigger day to commit to national development, with new inspirations, new consciousness, new resolutions, as the country opens up immense possibilities and opportunities.”

Yeo studied German in Seoul. He has worked as a journalist for the past 40 years. He has mostly covered diplomacy, foreign schools, regional festivals, culture and other areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.