BY RENU MEHTA
TORONTO: India’s 74th Independence Day was celebrated in Canada with great fanfare despite the pandemic.
In Toronto, a flag hoisting ceremony was held on the occasion at the Consulate during the morning hours. Toronto’s Consul General Apoorva Srivastava did the honours for India.
It was indeed an historic occasion as this was the first time that the tricolours lit the CN Tower in Toronto.
The waters at Niagara Falls also displayed the colours of the Indian flag.
In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement in recognition of India’s Independence Day:
“The largest democracy in the world was born on this date 73 years ago. In a world of turmoil, that democracy has endured just as Mahatma Gandhi’s belief in non-violent protest has inspired people everywhere.
“Today, India combines ancient traditions with 21st century innovation to stand as one of the pre-eminent developing economies. Its growing businesses reach global markets as more of its citizens attain ever-higher levels of education.
“I look forward to once again visiting India to strengthen our commercial and cultural ties. More than 175,000 Albertans of Indian heritage contribute immensely to our province, and I am proud to join with them in celebrating India’s Independence Day.
“Best wishes on India’s 74th Independence Day.”