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Remarks by Ambassador of India to Venezuela Shri Abhishek Singh on the occasion of cultural event to celebrate the 75th Independence Day of India

Posted on: August 20, 2021 | Back | Print



His Excellency Jorge Arreaza, Hon’ble Foreign Minister,

Her Excellency Capaya Rodriguez

Her Excellency Daniela Rodriguez

Friends of India

Members of the Indian diaspora 

Members ofMedia

Ladies and Gentlemen.

       Let me at the outset convey a warm welcome to all of you on the momentous occasion of the celebration of 75th Independence Day of India.  To say that today’s occasion is historic would be an understatement. Your presence today on this august occasion despite the ongoing COVID pandemic is very special and I am truly grateful to each one of you for your presence and good wishes.

2.    75 years may be a long time in the life of a human being but still not that long in the life of a nation.  Though it is a time of great celebrations, we are mindful of the fact that the entire humanity is grappling with impact of COVID19 pandemic.  We have realized like never before that only by supporting each other we can truly defeat this pandemic.


3.    Embassy of India, Caracas had started in a small measure many activities related to the celebrations of India’s 75thIndependence Day.  This will continue not only till the Independence Day next year but would, in fact, continue for one more year till August 2023.  We want to utilize this opportunity to showcase the achievements of India in various fields and also through these events strengthen bonds of friendship with the people of Venezuela and also the international community based in Caracas.   We have started events like Bollywood-y-Arepa, Khana-de-la India, Cultura-de-la India, Namaste India, which are all specially dedicated to display aspect of India’s rich culture and history.  It is also our intention to bridge information gap about India so that the increasing interest in India is adequately addressed. We have also launched the global digital painting and poster making competition today.


4.    We are also looking at promoting greater trade relations with Venezuela.In the year 2020-21, India’s exports have increased by over US$200 million and reached the figure of US$557 million.  We are raising our expectations and working towards adding a further US$200 million to our export figures of last year to Venezuela.  The Embassy has recently commissioned four market survey in the areas of Tourism, Oil and Natural gas, Auto or tuktuk sector and business opportunities in the post-COVID scenario.  We have received an enthusiastic response to these initiatives of the Embassy when we launched the market survey in Maracaibo and Caracas.  We see there is tremendous potential for bilateral cooperation in the field of pharma industry and also new areas of cooperation including textiles, tea and possibly e-commerce.


5.    Government of India under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has set a goal to usher in a ‘New India’during this75thyear of India’s independence.  The ‘New India’ will incorporate not only the philosophy of AtmaNirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) but also continue to follow the philosophy of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’ which means the world is one family.  India has been the first respondent in many situations around the world when an emergency or natural disaster struck a country.  India has also been in the forefront of providing vaccine around the world as part of its ‘vaccine maitri.’  The leadership and the people of India truly believe in the concept of the world is one family and it is the same spirit of ‘New India’ that guides me and my team in the Embassy.

6.    The next 2 years of India’s celebration of 75 years of Independence will be an important time for us in the Embassy of India, Caracas.  I can assure you that many of you will receive invitations for our events that are planned throughout these 2 years.  I am hopeful that you will grace those events.  While we wished alarge-scale receptionfor everyone as we do on Republic Day each year on 26th January, today’s evening is essentially a get togetherto mark this special day while appreciating Indian cultural diversity through these dance forms which you will witness in sometime. 


7.    I would also like to mention that the presence of some of our members of Indian community in Caracas is of utmost importance to us.Due to COVID pandemic, we have not had too many occasions to meet in person.  We do hope that in the future as COVID cases come down and the situation is relatively better we will have more occasions to interact with Indian community in Caracas.  I would like to convey our sincere appreciation of the achievements of Indian community in Venezuela and in the concurrently accredited consular jurisdiction of Embassy in the Dutch islands of Aruba, St. Maarten and Curacao.

8.    Finally, I would again like to thank Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and the senior leadership from Foreign Office for all the help that we get.  Your presence today, Foreign Minister Arreaza, is a testimony of the bonds of friendship between the peoples of our two countries.  I hope that you will enjoy the cultural performance that we have organized for this evening.

9.    With these words, I have the privilege of inviting His Excellency Jorge Arreaza to come and say a few words.

Thank You.