I am delighted to send my best wishes to all Indian-Australians in NSW who are celebrating Indian Independence Day.
This important day marks the founding of India as a sovereign state. Indians everywhere can be proud that India is now a respected global player and the world’s largest democracy.
Many Indians have chosen to live in NSW and our state is richer and all the more vibrant for their presence.
The Indian diaspora has established strong communities, with temples, language schools, dance schools and festivals all flourishing. Non-Indians enjoy sharing your attractive culture: we light up the Opera House for Diwali, shower ourselves in the colours of Holi and relish wonderful Indian food.
Indian-Australians are also appreciated for being responsible fellow citizens, and the NSW Government commends them for so diligently supporting the measures that are countering the spread of COVID-19.
I especially thank the Indian community organisations for reaching out to people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have worked hard to provide assistance to those struggling at this time and their kindness has made a telling difference to many vulnerable people.
I wish all those of Indian heritage in NSW a happy and safe Independence Day.