Happy New Year 2010 From The SathyaSaiBaba Blog

Happy New Year 2010 From The SathyaSaiBaba Blog

Very Happy New Year 2010

Very Happy New Year 2010


Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year 2010


Blessed New Year 2010

Blessed New Year 2010

H ours of happy times with friends and family
A bundant time for relaxation
P rosperity
P lenty of love when you need it the most
Y outhful excitement at lifes simple pleasures

N ights of restful slumber (you know – dont’ worry be happy)
E verything you need
W ishing you love and light

Y ears and years of good health
E njoyment and mirth
A angels to watch over you
R embrances of a happy years!

~ Author Unknown ~

H elping ever, hurting never
A lways remembering the three “P’s”:
P atience, Purity &
P erseverence
Y ields a fragrant breeze.

N ever fear when Sai is here.
E verywhere are his hands and feet.
W elcome all with love and cheer

Y ajur mandiram is the heart’s retreat…
E njoy His presence, enjoy His Love
A nanda Sai’s name we repeat again and again
R emembering Sai will bestow on all a joy-filled

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“Happy New Year” In Different Languages:

  • Chinese (Cantonese) – Sun nien fai lok
  • Chinese (Mandarin) – Xin nian yu kuai
  • Danish – Godt Nytår
  • Dutch – Gelukkig nieuwjaar
  • Farsi – Aide shoma mobarak
  • French – Bonne année
  • Gaelic – Aith-bhliain Fe Nhaise Dhuit
  • German – Gutes Neues Jahr
  • Hawaiian – Hauoli Makahiki Hou
  • Hebrew – Shanah tovah
  • Hindi (Indian) – Nav Varsh Ki Badhaai/ Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
  • Hmong – Nyob zoo xyoo tshiab
  • Indonesian – Elamat Tahun Baru
  • Italian – Buon Capo d’Anno
  • Japanese – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
  • Norwegian – Godt Nyttår
  • Pilipino (Tagalog) – Maligayang Bagong Taon
  • Polish – Szczesliwego Nowego roku
  • Portuguese – Feliz ano novo
  • Puttaparth’ian – Om Sai Ram
  • Romanian – La Multi Ani
  • Russian – S Novym Godom
  • Spanish – Feliz Año Nuevo
  • Sudanese – Wilujeng Tahun Baru
  • Swedish – Gott Nytt År
  • Turkish – Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Welsh – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Happy! Happy!

Sathya Sai Baba Happy

Sathya Sai Baba Happy


Happy! Happy!

Last summer, Pete, my husband, told me of a scientific meeting in New Delhi in February. He had submitted a paper! It was accepted! Now we faced the problem of funding. We knew we would have difficulty paying two fares. Pete applied for grants from several institutions here in the U.S. No money was available. We had almost given up hope. The meetings were a month away. I was sitting meditating, one Sunday, when Sathya Sai Baba appeared to me. I was so overjoyed. He had not come to me for almost four years. Three days later we got a cable from India. Money was being sent for my husband’s fare! We had only three weeks to prepare! Many obstacles appeared and disappeared through Sathya Sai Baba’s Grace.

At last we were off! Or so we thought. Our flight out of Los Angeles was fogged in and we missed our connecting flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong. Luckily, we got an almost empty flight (the other flight was full) to Tokyo. After a day there we were booked on a late night flight to Hong Kong. It was the beginning of Chinese New Year and many people were going to Hong Kong. We had to wait a long time in the crowded airport. My “jet lag” was becoming extreme. I felt so tired and off balance. My stomach was in a knot. I felt worried about the children who were all ill when we left. In particular, I was worried about Jesse, our nine year old boy, who because of allergies, always gets severe croup when he gets ill. He had croup the day we left.

We continued on to Hong Kong and then on to New Delhi. As we were getting closer and closer to Delhi, I felt my heart soar. Mother India! I felt the tremendous blessings of the Rishis and Saints. Tears of joy ran down my cheeks. Soon I would see my Beloved.

When we arrived in Bangalore we telephoned our friend, who was the mother of my husband’s former secretary in N.Y., who was a Baba devotee. Yes! They had received our letter and were expecting us. In fact, they said, we were very lucky as Swami had just arrived at Whitefield the day before.

Can you imagine my extreme joy to step on the sacred earth of Brindavan? I had kissed that earth in my dreams because I know His Feet had walked on it. I look the dust on my heart and head. It was all exactly as in my dreams; the trees, the pandal, the beautiful red earth, the crowd of people. We took our places in the Darshan line. After about five minutes, some one came out of Swami’s house and mentioned for us to go in! I was so dumbfounded, my heart, I felt, would stop beating! My husband sat down in the foyer with the other men and I and my two lady companions sat opposite. We were looking toward the center door, expecting Swami to come through there. Instead, I felt a rush and turned, He had come through a side door right next to us!

He was like the sun. So radiant. Words cannot describe the sweetness of this precious moment, beholding Him for the first time. Smiling, He came straight to me and in His golden voice, softly, said, “Where is your husband?” I gave Him a garland of flowers and touched His precious feet and then pointed Pete out to Sathya Sai Baba. Swami went over to Pete, and as he touched Swami’s Feet, Swami gently patted him on the shoulder several times and said “So happy. So happy. Good man. Good man.” Then He told Pete to “sit, sit,” and that He would be back in a minute.

When He returned, He came to me and called Pete over to us. He then related very personal details about us, clearly showing He is with us every moment. He assured us about several personal matters. Then I showed Him a photo of our children. He said, “Yes. Yes. I know.” I told him how Jesse was sick often with allergies. Swami then said, “Don’t worry. I will take care.” Then He said, “I give Prasad” And with a gesture I was to see many times in the next two weeks, He materialized Vibhuti into my hands, my husband’s and the women we were with. “Eat! Eat!” He said, and we licked it off our fingers like small children lick cookie batter from their hands!

Then Sathya Sai Baba brought out a red basket filled with Vibhuti packets and filled our hands till it was overflowing! Swami then signed a book for Pete and one for me. As He was signing my book, I knelt down and kissed the Precious Foot of my Lord. Six years had passed since the moment I knew He would stand before me. My heart’s desire had been fulfilled. Swami said several times, “So happy, So happy,” to us and “Good man! Good man!” to my husband. Then He said, “be happy,” to both of us and turned and went out to give Darshan.

Pete had to see people in Bangalore the next day, who want him to work with them (Swami’s Grace again) and so he missed Darshan that day. The following day he had to return to Delhi to begin his teaching. He was planning to go to morning Darshan before he left, but found out the airlines had listed his flight time incorrectly. His flight left before morning Darshan.

So, you see, Sathya Sai Baba knew Pete only had that one chance to see Him. I stayed on for two weeks and came to Whitefield every day. Just the sight of Swami coming through the gate was enough. To have Him so near, to have Him walk right by us, to see His Precious Form; to see the Beloved Feet and Hand, to hear His sublime, sweet voice brought such joy. How grateful we are to have had this most precious experience. I pray to see Swami in every being I meet and in every thing I see. How blessed we are to have Swami’s precious teaching of Divine Love before us.

– Mrs. Pete Engel, California

Sanathana Sarathi, August 1979

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The Divine Call From Sathya SaiBaba

Sathya Sai Baba Materialization

Sathya Sai Baba Materialization


The Divine Call From Sathya SaiBaba

When I thought of it, it was really an impossible task to bring my mother, an octogenarian, to the Abode of Supreme Peace and Love, from the distant Himalayan land of Sikkim. But no task remains impossible once His Divine Grace is showered in abundance. A comment passed by a close friend of mine is still vivid in my memory: “You should have taken your mother earlier. Now it seems to be too late for the journey because of her advanced age and ailing health and it may not be possible for her to travel. You may consider it as impossible a task as trying to fill a bamboo cane basket with water.” This in fact hurt my feelings since my dear old mother had been all the time wishing and praying to find refuge at His Lotus Feet in Prasanthi Nilayam for the last five years. Yet I did not lose heart but went on yearning and cherishing like a good optimist with all my unwavering faith in the Divine Grace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I had given up pessimism since the time I had come to know about Bhagawan; has HE not assured that He will not forsake those who seek refuge in HIM?

Time kept on passing swiftly and my heart too kept on throbbing all the time with a worry as to how to proceed on the long journey. Yet, with a firm and steady faith, I could muster enough courage with all the patience that could be squeezed out of an ever hopeful heart.

Ever since her young days, my mother had been allergic to the smell of petrol and she preferred to travel either on horseback or on foot rather than riding a motor vehicle in which she would feel very uncomfortable and suffered from nausea. Now, due to her old age and physical weakness, travelling by car was ruled out; more over, the doctors advised that she should not travel by plane either, because of her heart trouble. Yet, wonderfully enough, she had much courage in store to travel by all means with a sense of total submission to His Mercy. It was most encouraging to hear from her words that were steeped in devotion. “This time, the Lord will surely listen to my prayers and take me to His Divine Abode.”

In January 1979, I got the rarest opportunity again in my life to be blessed by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Brindavanam. It was a wonderful Interview. My experience at the interview reminds me all the time that even our parents cannot love and care for us so dearly and selflessly as Swami does. His Love is impartial and infinite and He is ever ready to forgive our shortcomings and mistakes. His Love is for each and every being in Creation.

A Great Moment
I prayed to the Lord with hands folded, whether it was possible for me to bring my mother for His Divine Darshan. To my relief and satisfaction, Sathya Sai Baba told me that it was possible without the least doubt and that she could travel without any fear of sickness throughout the journey. A beautiful silver locket was materialised and given to me and Sathya Sai Baba said that I should take it home very carefully to be given to my mother so that it would protect her all the time while proceeding on our journey and also throughout the rest of her life. After this great moment, I was once again back to my home in Gangtok, the capital of our Himalayan country, Sikkim, although my heart did not permit me to leave the portals of His Abode. To be candid with my views and to dwell upon the true experiences of my life, I do not have the least doubt that it is just because of Swami that I have been blessed with a new life, in pursuit of the real Destination.

Dwelling on the first stage of the journey from Gangtok, I would like to share with all the fact that my mother had the vision of our Beloved Lord, who seemed to be keeping pace with the speeding jeep even when she was wide awake. This happened when we were on our way from Rangpo to Tista, the two main check posts on the route from Gangtok to Siliguri, the nearest railway station. It was late in the evening of Monday, the 31st January 1983, when He granted this vision to my mother. The effect was so miraculous that she felt very happy and quite at ease. All the time, she sat in her seat, lost in an inexplicable sea of joy. It was as though the Lord of Parthi had touched her with His Divine magic. She did not feel travel sick or fatigued even as we arrived at Siliguri in the late hours of the night. We found her still fresh, hale and hearty and the arduous journey through the twisting and winding roads had not affected her in any way. We knew that this was the most difficult part of our journey. Yet this visible sign of His care and Grace inspired us to proceed on our journey without worries and fear. After this, the journey was quite pleasant and comfortable, and we arrived at Prasanthi Nilayam, the Divine Abode of Eternal Bliss.

Gifts Of Grace
What followed after reaching Prasanthi Nilayam can only be described as the unfolding of another chapter of how He, our Lord Sai, lives every second of the day for giving His Love to His dear and wayward children, of how He draws them to Him with all the care of a mother nursing her first born child. He granted us interviews, chiding us to crave instead, for the inner-view of our Real Self, the grandeur of the spirit, which would confer upon us the gift of Paramananda. He gave a nice and cosy room for my mother to stay in and also other gifts of His Grace. What more can a child aspire for from a mother. Even to think that the Lord cares so much for every being, even insignificant people like us, who had not been able to offer anything to HIM and had always aspired to achieve His Grace, truly unfolds volumes of His Divine Glory.

Now we all feel that the bird has at last found its refuge. It has no more destinations to reach, no more vistas to explore. This is really the final `homecoming’.

The sentiment of heartfelt gratitude that wells up within the deep recesses of my heart cannot be described in words and yet I feel so grateful to the Lord for all times to come for having opened my eyes from the deep slumber of ignorance to bring me to the path of Light and Truth.

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A Garland For Sathya Sai Baba From The Children

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba


A Garland For Sathya Sai Baba From The Children

Knowing that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has advised against offering of garlands to Him, children of the Vidya Vihar at Ooty hit upon an acceptable method of presenting Swami with a “garland” in the entertainment programme they got up during Bhagawan’s stay there in April.

The “flowers” in the garland consisted of pearls from the Divine lips. Before making the offering, one child came forward and said to Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba: “We, the little children of our Beloved Lord Sai, have picked up a few pearls that fell from our Lord’s lips. We have made a Garland out of them. Now we pray for our Lord’s gracious permission to place them around His Lotus Feet.”

After that, one child after another came forward to recite the allotted piece and take his or her place in the semi circle in front of Sathya Sai Baba, which became a garland for Swami. The following “pearls” glittered in the garland:

“Lord, you have told us that by cultivating devotion, that is Love for God, from childhood, we can reach Him, who is the treasure of all Ananda. You have also told us that how much we think we are, and not more, are we and so help us to learn more and more and then become better and better.”

“We also know that Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa are the chief noble qualities that we have to cultivate from our childhood and continue it throughout our lives. Because, Swami has said, Life is a search, explore it; Life is a challenge, meet it; Life is a game, play it; Life is a dream, realise it; and Life is Love, enjoy it.”

“So, for this we have to start early, drive slowly and reach safely. But we have to remember, ‘less luggage more comfort’, and we should always remember Love is God and God is Love and so we have to live in Love. If we do so, we will enjoy our lives.”

“In order to enjoy life, we must put a ceiling or limit on our desires. We must put a limit on our expenditure of our money. We must not talk too much thus wasting our time and energy. We must not waste food, because food is God, and when time is wasted, it is equal to life being wasted.”

“So, we have to remember that one of the best ways to spend time is, by doing good service to others, because doing seva to humanity is doing seva to divinity, that means serving God and helping God’s creation is the same thing. When we please man, we please God.”

“We have also to do our duty in life with discipline and devotion. For that, we must start the day with love, spend the day with love, fill the day with love, live the day with love and end the day with love and remember love lives by giving and forgiving and self lives by getting and forgetting.”

“And when we talk, we must remember to talk soft, talk sweet and talk the truth. We must watch our words, watch our actions, watch our thoughts, watch our character and watch our heart and we must also avoid backbiting, falsehood and harsh words.”

“Also we must remember that one must not only do the work one likes, but like the work one has to do. We cannot always oblige but can always speak obligingly. Swami has said, we are all caskets of divine love and so we must share it, spread it and express that love in thoughts of compassion, words of sympathy and acts of service.”

“Not only that, we must practice Ahimsa and Brahmacharya. We must cultivate humility, fearlessness and develop a sense of sacrifice and renunciation. Also we should eradicate ego, lust, anger, breed, envy and jealousy and practice selflessness, generosity and tolerance and thus make ourselves better persons.”

“For this, what we have to do is to ‘See Good, Be Good and Do Good, because that is the way to God.’ The past is beyond recovery. The future is uncertain. The given moment is now and here. So sanctify it with holy thoughts, words and deeds and thus make life a rose that speaks silently in the language of fragrance. Remove desire, attachment, and cultivate patience, fearlessness, control tossing of mind and temper; Love God, Trust God and Surrender to God.”

“So, for making us better persons, we must take a dose of Japam and Dhyanam for breakfast; have Satchintanam, Sat sang and Satparana for lunch; do pooja and archana for Tea; consider an hour of bhajan as Dinner; and do Manana, as a cup of milk at bedtime. This diet is enough to make our being happy and healthy.”

“And so we pray to our Lord to accept this little garland of pearls. We also pray to our Lord to help us to ‘Follow the master, Face the devil, Fight to the end, and Finish the game’ and when we become big, to be considered by YOU as Your fit instruments to carry out YOUR Message to Your complete satisfaction. Lord! Bless us all for that.”

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India Independence Day – Celebrations & News Around The World

India Independence Day

India Independence Day


India Independence Day – Celebrations & News Around The World

Today, August 15, 2008, is the 62th anniversary of India’s independence from the British Empire. President Bush sent a Indian Independence Day message of that stated this anniversary is a reminder of the close ties the United States has with India.

At midnight on August 15, 1947, the Indian people became a democratic self-governing country. Mahatma Gandhi led the people in non-violent protests that culminated in what Bush called a great story of “liberty overcoming oppression”. He also noted the significant contribution that Indian-Americans have made to our great country.

One of the most famous Independence Day quotes came from then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his speech, Tryst with Destiny:

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance ….. We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.

So on this day, as the Indian people celebrate their independence, we wish you the best!! Have a joyous day. (Ref)


Washington, Aug 15 (PTI) Greeting India on its 62nd Independence Day, President George W Bush said that the occasion reminds America of the “close ties” it shares with India.

“I send greetings to those celebrating the 61st anniversary of India’s Independence,” Bush said in a statement to the Indian-American community released through his Office of Public Liaison.

Terming India’s path to independence a great story of “liberty overcoming oppression”, the president said “led by Mahatma Gandhi the Indian people engaged in non-violent protests and campaigns in the pursuit of freedom.” “On August 15, 1947 they achieved their goal, gained their independence and became a democratic nation. This accomplishment demonstrates that though freedom can be delayed, it cannot be denied,” he said.

Lauding the contributions of Indian Americans in America’s progress, Bush said “it is also a time to remember the rich contributions that the Indian-Americans have made to our country and reminds us of the close ties that our Nation shares with India.” “Laura and I send our best wishes on the occasion,” he added. PTI (Ref)


New York, Aug 15 (PTI) Indian tricolour fluttered in the backdrop, as Neelam Deo, the country’s consul general here rung the closing bell at the world’s largest stock exchange NASDAQ, which celebrated India’s 62nd independence day today.

This was the first time that a consul general has rung the closing bell at the stock market in a prestigious ceremony, which marks the recognition of a fast growing Indian economy.

Outside the exchange, the huge electronic board, which overlooks the historic Times Square and displays quotations during the day was also lighted in saffron, white and green colours, with the words “India Independence Day”.

With approximately 3,200 companies, NASDAQ lists more companies and has more trading volume per day than any other stock exchange in the world.

It lists six Indian companies with a combined market cap of almost USD 35 billion. These include Ex1Service, Rediff.Com, Sify Technologies, Syntel Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Infosys Technologies.

Infosys and Cognizant are members of the NASDAQ 100 Index, which is one of the most prestigious and widely followed indices in the world.

Additionally, Indian Energy Exchange (IEX), India’s first power exchange for trading of electricity, regulated by Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), uses NASDAQ OMX and the FTIL as the primary contractors for the new exchange’s energy trading solution. PTI (Ref)


NEW DELHI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – India rolled out a security clampdown on Friday ahead of annual Independence Day celebrations following recent bomb attacks on some of its cities and violent protests in its northern region of Kashmir.

Snipers will keep a close watch from high-rise buildings as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unfurls the national flag from the ramparts of Delhi’s historic Red Fort to a 21-gun salute before addressing the nation.

But as India celebrates the 61st anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, security forces will be on alert across the country to prevent attacks from separatist militants or Maoist rebels.

“We have geared up resources and will have anti-air attack systems in place in the capital. Some areas have been declared no-fly zones,” said Rajan Bhagat, a Delhi police spokesman.

In Kashmir, at least 27 people have been killed since June in some of the biggest protests since a revolt against Indian rule broke out in 1989.

The trouble began when the government promised to give forest land to a trust that runs Amarnath, a cave shrine visited by Hindu pilgrims. After huge protests by Muslims, it backtracked, in turn angering Hindus in the Jammu region of the state.

The disputed region’s main separatist alliance has called a general strike for Friday.

“We appeal to people to observe August 15 as a black day and stay away from Indian functions,” the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference said in a statement.

In New Delhi, barricades have been put up on roads and police were frisking people in malls and checking bags.

On Thursday, the government sweetened the celebrations for five million of its workers, agreeing to hefty pay rises.

Singh’s ruling coalition has had a tough time of late, struggling to contain inflation while being pilloried by the opposition for failing to prevent or solve a series of deadly bombings in some of the country’s cities.

The attacks have killed more than a 100 people since May.

In forests in central and eastern areas, Maoist rebels are becoming increasingly assertive and have told people not to celebrate.

In the remote northeast, four powerful separatist groups, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), have also called a boycott and a general strike.

On Thursday, security forces gunned down four ULFA rebels, but the militants have vowed to strike back.

“Militants are planning disruptive activities in a big way in the region,” a senior intelligence official told Reuters. (Ref)


ISLAMABAD, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — Pakistan released 34 detained Indian prisoners as a goodwill gesture while celebrating its Independence Day on Thursday.

The 34 fishermen, aging from 18 to 34, were freed from the Karachi Central Jail on the occasion of Independence Day, private Geo TV reported.

The prisoners will be handed over to Indian officials on Friday at the eastern Wagha border between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan and India won their independence from Britain in 1947,and they mark their independence day on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 respectively. The two countries have exchanged their prisoners in recent years as part of goodwill gesture. (Ref)


Indian missions and expatriate Indian organisations across the Gulf are making elaborate preparations to mark the 61st anniversary of India’s Independence this Friday.

In Abu Dhabi, Indian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Talmiz Ahmad will hoist the tricolour Friday morning and read out extracts from President Pratibha Patil’s speech.

In Dubai, Indian Consul General Venu Rajamony will hoist the flag at the Indian High School and this will be followed by a programme of patriotic songs and dances.

In the evening, the Indian Professional and Business Council (IBPC), Dubai, will hold a cultural programme at a five star hotel in Dubai.

The highlight of the evening will be a performance of the classical ballet ‘Parampara’ by Bollywood actress and Rajya Sabha member Hema Malini and her daughters Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.

In Oman, the Independence Day celebrations already started on Wednesday with a musical evening at the Indian embassy auditorium.

India’s Ambassador to Oman Anil Wadhwa will hoist the tricolour at the Indian School Darsait Friday morning, which will be followed by a tree-planting ceremony by volunteers of the Art of Living foundation.

A cultural programme will also be held at the embassy auditorium Friday afternoon, which will be coordinated by Oman-based Odissi dancer Shubharna Bose.

Oman TV will telecast a half-hour documentary titled ‘A Day in the Life of India’.

In the evening, the embassy lawns will resonate to the fusion tunes of ghazal and jazz in a unique programme called Gazaala. Bollywood singer Roop Kumar Rathod and Fazal Quereshi will be accompanied by other fusion musicians in the programme.

The Indian embassy in Oman is also organising an India-Oman art exhibition at the Omani Society of Fine Arts in Muscat.

The exhibition, titled ‘Mixture’, will run September 16-21, and will feature works of Indian figurative artist Neelam Dhar and well-known Omani artists Abdullah Al Riyami and Saleem Sakhi.

India’s Ambassador to Bahrain Balkrishna Shetty will be the chief guest at the main function to mark Independence Day at the Indian School, Isa Town.

Over 200 schoolchildren will present a cultural programme called ‘India on the Move’ featuring India’s freedom struggle, the post-independence developments and the country’s cultural heritage.

There will also be an Odissi recital by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) artiste Jyoti Srivastava.

Kannada Sangha Bahrain will also celebrate the 61st anniversary of India’s independence in a mega cultural event Friday at the Indian Club, Manama.

The programme will pay tribute to India’s freedom fighters and will feature patriotic songs, dances and dance dramas, all focusing on India and the nation’s freedom movement.

In Doha, India’s Ambassador to Qatar George Joseph will hoist the tricolour at the Indian Cultural Centre and read out excerpts from the President’s speech.

This will be followed by a programme of patriotic songs by schoolchildren.

In Kuwait, Indian Ambassador M. Ganapathi will hoist the flag. This will be followed by a cultural programme in which schoolchildren will give various performances.

India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia M.O.H. Farooq will hoist the flag in Riyadh. In the evening, the Indian mission will host a reception at the Indian International School.

In Jeddah, newly appointed Indian Consul General Sayeed Ahmed Baba will hoist the flag at the official function in that Red Sea coast city.

Apart from these programmes, major newspapers in the region are also bringing out special supplements to mark the occasion.

There are over 4.8 million expatriate Indians across the six Gulf nations. (Ref)

Children Celebrate India Independence Day

Children Celebrate India Independence Day

India’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from the British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947. The day is a national holiday in India. It is celebrated all over the country through flag-hoisting ceremony . The main celebration takes place in New Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally televised speech from its ramparts. In his speech, he highlights the achievements of his government during the past year, raises important issues and gives a call for further development. The Prime Minister also pays his tribute to leaders of the freedom struggle.

On 3 June 1947, Viscount Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last British Governor-General of India, announced the partitioning of the British Indian Empire into India and Pakistan, under the provisions of the Indian Independence Act 1947. At the stroke of midnight, on 15 August 1947, India became an independent nation.

Prime Minister Nehru and Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel invited Lord Mountbatten to continue as Governor General of India. He was replaced in June 1948 by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari. Patel took on the responsibility of unifying 565 princely states, steering efforts by his “iron fist in a velvet glove” policies, exemplified by the use of military force to integrate Junagadh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Hyderabad state into India. J&K became a part of India when Pakistan laid siege and the then king Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession with India to save J&K from Pakistan. India responded on behalf of J&K by sending in its armed forces to counteract the Pakistani attack. Later PM Nehru went to UN and a cease fire was declared. Pakistan has not withdrawn its military forces from the occupied Kashmir, and the territory termed as POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) has ever since been a cause of contention between India and Pakistan.

The Constituent Assembly completed the work of drafting the constitution on 26 November 1949; on 26 January 1950 the Republic of India was officially proclaimed. The Constituent Assembly elected Dr. Rajendra Prasad as the first President of India, taking over from Governor General Rajgopalachari. Subsequently, a free and sovereign India absorbed two other territories: Goa (liberated from Portuguese control in 1961) and Pondicherry (which the French ceded in 1954). In 1952, India held its first general elections, with a voter turnout exceeding 62%; in practice, this made India the world’s largest democratic country in the history of the modern and ancient world.

Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in all the state capitals. 15th August is a National holiday of India. In the capital New Delhi In the cities around the country the Flag Hoisting Ceremony is done by politicians belonging to that constituency. In various private organisations the Flag Hoisting Ceremony is carried out by a Senior officer of that organisation. Schools and colleges around the country organise flag hoisting ceremony and various cultural activities within their respective premises. Families and friends get together for lunch or dinner, or for an outing. Housing colonies, cultural centres, clubs and societies hold entertainment programmes and competitions, usually based on the freedom theme. (Ref)

India Independence Day Celebration

India Independence Day Celebration