India celebrates 75th independence anniversary

17 August 2021 | International

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK

The Indian embassy in Namibia has kicked off a series of celebratory events for that country’s 75th independence anniversary and its journey from colonisation to taking its place as one of the leading economies in the modern world.

The Indian High Commissioner to Namibia, Prashant Agrawal, last week said in its quest for empowerment, India has strived to apply technology and innovation for the betterment of its people.

These include India's agriculture prowess starting from the Green Revolution in achieving food security, its robust space programme for earth observation applications, and its unique, recent model of financial inclusion.

“With leadership that drives initiatives such as one of the most ambitious renewable energy programmes and innovative mechanisms such as International Solar Alliance, India is right at the forefront of tackling our common challenges such as climate change. “Indians, wherever they go, enrich their host nations and communities. It is not surprising that they helm many major global companies,” he said.

Shared history

Agrawal also said India’s South-South partnership, in particular with Africa, is deep rooted, which has solid foundations in their shared history.

According to him, India believed that its own independence was incomplete so long as its brethren in Africa continued to suffer oppression.

“Our collaboration today represents the intertwined dreams and aspirations of two billion people in Africa and India,” he said.

“Namibia occupies a special place in our hearts. In 1946, even before our own independence, India became the first nation to take up the cause of then South-West Africa in the very first United Nations general assembly.

“It remained a steadfast supporter for Namibian freedom struggle. Such strongly rooted ties have forged our developmental cooperation and capacity building programmes.

“We are also closely working together to equip our younger generations with cutting-edge skills. The India-Namibia Centre of Excellence for IT at the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST), powered by a super-computer from India, is just one such example,” Agrawal said.

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