Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
India celebrated its 76th Independence Anniversary on Monday, August 15 2022 with the rest of the world joining the Asian country in the festivities.
The day marks the end of British colonial rule in India. In Zimbabwe, the celebrations were held at India House in Borrowdale.
Scores of people from different sectors in Zimbabwe joined in the commemoration.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Vijay Khanduja, Indian President Droupadi Murmu paid tribute to stakeholders living in the country and abroad who enabled them to roll out the biggest vaccination drive in human history with COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in India.
“The world has seen a new India rising in recent years, more so after the outbreak of COVID-19. Our response to the pandemic has been appreciated everywhere. We launched the biggest vaccination drive in human history with vaccines manufactured in the country itself. In combating the pandemic, our achievements have been better than those of many developed countries. For this feat, we are grateful to our scientists, doctors, nurses, paramedics and the staff associated with vaccination.
“The pandemic has uprooted lives and also economies in the entire world,” said President Droupadi Murmu.
While the world continues to battle the economic consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, India got its act together and is now moving forward.
“India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world. India’s start-up eco-system ranks high in the world. The success of start-ups in our country, especially the growing number of unicorns is a shining example of our industrial progress. The government and policy-makers deserve credit for beating the global trend and helping the economy flourish. During the last few years, unprecedented progress has been made in the development of physical and digital infrastructure.”