Four New South Wales MPs have spoken in the state Parliament to pay tribute to the people who made sacrifices for India's independence from the British rule.
New South Wales MP, Jodi McKay has introduced a motion in the state Parliament seeking recognition of 15th August as the day of India’s Independence. Ms McKay, dressed in a saari- a traditional Indian attire for women, introduced the motion on Thursday.
“It’s a day of immense celebration and pride and I’ve moved this motion in this Parliament- Australia’s oldest Parliament as a way of recognising India’s independence day and its importance to our Indian-Australian community,” she told the NSW Parliament.
India got freedom from the British rule on 15 August 1947 and will celebrate its 70th Independence day this year. Ms McKay said the day deserves a special recognition for the freedom gained after a long and “sometimes violent struggle”.
“There were earlier peaceful and non-violent protests and civil disobedience movement that was led by Mahatma Gandhi, and I think it’s important that on this day we remember him and other freedom fighters and the importance of their contribution to a free India.”
Ms McKay who was in India to celebrate India’s Republic day on January 26 this year, said it was important to understand the significance of both days in order to understand India as a strong democracy.