IMO News Service
Kuwait City: The Indian Social Forum (ISF) Karnataka Chapter, Kuwait, celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day with great joy, enthusiasm and patriotic fervor on 15th August 2016. The event kicked off with the Unity Song at 7.30 pm at Salmiya Red Flame Hall.
Stany Martis, President, Bellevision, Kuwait, while speaking on the occasion, said. “By upholding the unity and brotherhood all the communities should march together towards progress and prosperity. The non-violent movement of Indian independence struggle was unique in its nature and would prove to be a better solution for today’s violent world.”
Delivering the key note address, Imthiyaz Ahmed Arkula, Gen. Secretary, ISF, Karnataka Chapter, said that the purpose of freedom struggle in India is not just to change the rulers, rather it’s to gain the freedom to act, speak or think as one wants, which includes freedom to practice and preach any religion. He said that India is a beautiful bouquet of races, castes, creeds, religions and languages. Thisin fact signifies that “Unity in Diversity” is India’s strength.
Condemning the continuous attacks on Dalits, Muslims, Christians and other minority communities in India, Mr. Arkula called upon the youths to be the sentinels of freedom as divisive forces are trying to damage the secular fabric of the nation.
Alauddin Ainul Haque (originally from Bihar), Vice President, ISF Central Council, presided over the program. In his presidential address, he threw light on the historical factors of freedom struggle and contributions of our forefathers.
Sayyed Beary, President, Manipur Association, also spoke on the occasion. KIFF Karnataka Chapter President Mr. Mustakeem also graced the occasion.
Mohammed Rafeeq Manchi, President, ISF, Karnataka Chapter, welcomed the gathering, while Thameem Ullal anchored the program and Thanzeel Moosa Kallapu delivered the vote of thanks. Refreshments were served at the end. The event concluded with National Anthem.