PM joins celebrations Republic of India Day

POSTED: 01/31/13 11:44 AM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined the festivities celebrating Indian Republic Day at the Belair Community Center on Tuesday evening. The Prime Minister congratulated the gathering on behalf of the government on the celebration of the 64thRepublic of India day. “You have formed a part of the community for St. Maarten for many years. You should be extremely proud to be celebrating your heritage, a heritage built on the celebration of peace and tolerance. A country that is built on the principles of one nation and one people out of many,” Wescot-Williams said.

The PM reflected on the present and the importance of St Maarten in the lives of all that live here. “I was privileged to be part of the cultural celebration over the weekend and I know for a fact that the following day all participants will go to school or their workplaces and be a part of the community of St. Maarten, and that is what makes our country a great one.”

The prime minister thanked the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) for their contribution to the society: “I would also like to express my gratitude the IMA for meaning so much to our community. You have been here through thick and thin and your contribution has built our country into the best place to be, to live and to raise your children. Thank you for your contribution so far and congratulations with the celebration of your heritage.”

In India, Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force – on 26 January 1950 – replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. It is one of three national holidays in India. The new constitution, as drafted and approved by the Constituent Assembly of India, was mandated to take effect on 26 January 1950 – and India became a republic.


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