Reportage: Indian Lion impresses the Hong Kong Dragon on Republic Day

Indian Consul General Prashant Agrawal leads the celebration of the 67th Republic Day of India in Hong Kong. He takes the opportunity to promote India’s textile industry – through an impressive fashion show.


 

With the rest of the world staring at a financial abyss, Indian Consul General Prashant Agrawal let the business and political world know they have an option: India. If making it sound good wasn’t enough, he went the extra mile to make sure it looked good, courtesy a bevy of international models bedecked in India’s highest fashion.

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Addressing the floor at the reception to celebrate the 67th Republic Day of India, Mr Agrawal was delighted to announce that foreign direct investments into India have jumped by nearly 75% over the previous year to reach almost US$56 billion in 2015, and the country’s economy is expected to grow by 7.5%-7.8% this year.

He also highlighted the Make-in-India Initiative moved by President Narendra Modi. The logo, a striding lion, symbols “an India confident of its future.”

“If one were to look at India today, the crystal ball gives a clear picture, with no ambiguity,” Mr Agrawal said.

The post-toast fashion show showcased Indian textile brilliance and ensured the audience’s full attention.

Financial Secretary John Tsang was the guest of honour, who like Mr Prashant, noted the upcoming T20 Cricket World Cup that will be held in India, and the Hong Kong team will be a contender for the first time. The team will play the inauguration match, and Mr Prashant already promised his support for Hong Kong. Mr Tsang was less ambitious – and less generous, hoping Hong Kong would win enough in the opening round to have a chance to challenge India. He, however, would also be cheering for Hong Kong. The Indians were amused.

Other distinguished guests included Secretary for Development Paul, Equal Opportunities Commissioner York Chow and former Secretary for Security Regina Ip of New People’s Party and a wide range of Consul Generals and Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials.

Two days before, a flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Chancery. The Indian community was treated with cultural performances by “The Little Indians” and the Children Cultural Group.

On January 26, 1950, the Constitution adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly came into effect, effectively turning India into the world’s largest democracy in the world, in terms of population.

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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.
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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.