Warsaw, Jan 26: Braving a freezing minus 10 degrees Celsius temperature, the Indian community in Poland celebrated India’s 65th Republic Day here with great fervour.
India’s Ambassador to Poland Monika Kapil Mohta unfurled the Tricolour and read excerpts from President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation.
“Each one of you is also an ambassador of India in Poland whether you are doing business here or you are teaching Indian studies in Polish institutions. Your day-to-day interaction with Polish people matters the most. With your work and with your cultured behaviour, we have got a good profile of India throughout Poland,” the envoy said.
The Indian embassy has chalked out a five-day programme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
On Monday evening, the main function will be held in the presence of Polish Foreign Minister Radislaw Sikorski.
It will be the first time when any Polish foreign minister will be the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations since 1990.
A joint economic seminar will also be held Monday by the Indo-Polish Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IPCCI) and Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported by the Polish ministry of economy.
Vijay Mehta of the Indian PHD Chamber will present a paper on the business prospects in India for Polish businessmen.
On Jan 29, there will be a cultural programme “Bollywood Evening” where Polish dancers will perform Kathak and dances based on Hindi film songs.
The next day, an Indian art and cultural exhibition will be opened for Polish people in the Asia-Pacific gallery. Seema Anand, a story-teller from London will explain the nuances of Indian art and culture.
“The Indian embassy with the arrival of Ambassador Monika Mohta in 2011 has become very active. It is a tribute to her cultural background that we Polish lovers of India feel gratified. She has given a new profile to India which we have been missing since 2007 when Ambassador Anil Wadhwa left Poland,” said Janusz Krzyzowski, president of the India-Poland Cultural Committee.
“Poland is a fertile ground for Indian art, literature, culture and films,” Krzyzowski added.
(Surender Bhutani can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)