The Indian Association of Rwanda (INAR) organised an event to celebrate India’s 64th Republic Day this January, 26 2012, at UTEXRWA grounds in Kigali.
India got independence on August 15, 1947, but did not have a permanent constitution of its own and instead was functioning under the laws enacted and implemented by the British.
Following many amendments, Indian constitution was approved and adopted on January 26, 1950.
The event attracted a huge number of Indians living in Rwanda, who gathered commemorate the date and moment when the Constitution of India came into effect.
Celebrated annually, the event started which with community service “Umuganda”, which comes on the last Saturday of every month.
Rwanda hosts a big number of over 1,000 Indians living in Rwanda who are involved in all kinds of business that include; industries, education, construction, infrastructure, ICT and telecommunication.
Association’s chairman, Joseph Sebastian, who raised the flag of Rwanda after singing the national anthems of Rwanda and India went on to read out the Indian President’s speech addressed to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day.
He called upon Indians to join INAR and contribute to Agaciro Development fund before acknowledging Rwanda’s development progress that has facilitated their stay in the country.
Sebastian urged the audience the need to follow and respect the laws of Rwanda and ensure that we become role models in each sector, including participating in Umuganda community work, which should encompass renovating houses for vulnerable people.
“It is important to preserve the cleanliness of the country and work with the Rwandan community for development,”he added.
Sebastian also commended the government’s efforts in fostering a conducive and friendly environment for foreigners to live in and carry out their businesses. “There are more investors expected mainly in business”.
INAR provides a common identity to the Indian community in Rwanda through the promotion of unity, friendship and goodwill, mutual understanding and cooperation.