On the occasion of the celebrations of 75th Independence Day of India, President Jair Bolsonaro sent congratulatory letters to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his letters, President Jair Bolsonaro said that with its significant vaccine and medicine production capacity, India has a recognised important role in worldwide efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and hoped to intensify even further the bilateral cooperation to overcome this great challenge. Referring to his State visit to India in January 2020, President Bolsonaro said that the strategic partnership between Brazil and India is growing stronger and the Agreements, signed during his visit, are deepening of bilateral political and economic relations as well as cooperation in various other areas. With India and Brazil as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council in 2022, President Bolsonaro hoped that this will open another dialogue front on peace and security themes while also reinforcing the common demand for the multilateral reform.
To celebrate the Independence Day, the Embassy of India in Brasilia organised a special evening reception on 17 August 2021. The high-profile event was attended by Brazilian Ministers namely, Gen. Walter Souza Braga Netto, Minister of Defence; Marcelo Queiroga, Minister of Health; Joaquim Alvaro Pereira Leite, Minister of Environment; and Roberto Campos Neto; President of Central Bank of Brazil. The event also joined by Senators and Federal Deputies (i.e. members of the Brazilian Parliament); senior Brazilian bureaucrats and armed forces representatives; members of the foreign diplomatic community; media journalists; Indian community and friends of India.
In his remarks, Ambassador highlighted the various new initiatives and schemes launched by the Government of India under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. He spoke about Green Hydrogen and the National Hydrogen Mission to make India a Global Hub for Green Hydrogen Production and Export. He added that the Mission will not only help India to make new progress in the field of energy self-reliance but will also become a new inspiration for Clean Energy Transition all over the world. Ambassador also mentioned the National Infrastructure Master Plan i.e. ‘Gati Shakti’ of more than USD 1.3 trillion (100 lakh crores rupees) which will lay the foundation of holistic Infrastructure and will lead to an integrated and holistic pathway to the Indian economy. He added that the development in all parts of India, be it eastern India, North-east, Jammu-Kashmir, Ladakh, coastal belt or the tribal region, is all-inclusive, all-around and all-pervasive. He also said that the Government is preparing an e-commerce platform for products from the village entrepreneurs so that they will get a big market domestically and abroad, in tune with the mantra of Vocal for Local. He underscored that India has set a target of 450 GW of renewable energy by the end of this decade i.e. 450 GW by 2030 and of this, the target of 100 GW has been achieved ahead of schedule. He added that India has set a target of 10% ethanol blending in gasoline by 2022 and 20% ethanol blending by 2025, which will also help address the issue of pollution.
The Embassy also organised an exclusive yoga session on 12 August 2021 with H.E. Mrs. Michelle Bolsonaro, First Lady of Brazil as the Chief-Guest. She was accorded a traditional welcome and performed 45-minute yoga asanas wearing the India@75 T-shirt. Honouring the Indian culture, she also wore an Indian Saree on the occasion and planted a Neem tree in the Embassy premises.
On 15 August 2021, the Embassy of India organised a Flag Hoisting Ceremony and India-Brazil Friendship Cycling rally. The event saw the participation of Paco Britto, Vice-Governor, and Vanessa Mendonça, Tourism Secretary of Federal District of Brasilia and was attended by members of the Mission along with their families, Indian community and Friends of India. Ambassador Shri. Suresh Reddy hoisted the National Flag which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Ambassador also read out the address of Hon’ble President of India to the Nation.
To mark the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy, in collaboration with the Federal District of Brasilia and cycling group “Squadra,” organised the India-Brazil Friendship Cycling Rally on 15 August 2021. The Cycle Rally included two routes of 25 km and 75 km and covered the major tourist attractions of Brasilia, promoting local tourism and spreading the message of a healthy lifestyle and sustainable mobility. About 150 people participated in the event.
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