On the occasion of India’s Independence Day, I send my very best wishes to our Indian community, a rich and vibrant part of modern, multicultural Australia.
To all who hold this day dear, it is a reminder of the promise of freedom and the strength of hope. It recalls the powerful testimony of peaceful protest, the vision and devotion of the ‘Great Soul,’ Gandhi, and the modern emergence of a proud and free nation.
On that first Independence Day, in August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru called for the people of India to take up their ‘tryst with destiny’ and share the great adventure of a new age. He spoke of a new star of freedom rising, a new hope and a long-cherished vision coming into being.
As someone born in the 19th century, Nehru could not have imagined how a 21st century India would fulfil that destiny, but without doubt the call of freedom has shaped the world’s largest democracy and its extraordinary advance in the modern world.
Australia and India remain firm friends and partners in this new world, and our people share the optimism and confidence that comes from freedom’s call.
On behalf of all Australians, and in the spirit of that first day 72 years ago, I wish our Indian community an Independence Day of pride, gratitude and hope.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister of Australia
6 August 2019