Indian Arrival in Jamaica

THE GLEANER, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 | | A2 INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY FEATURE 2 I T IS my pleasure to join the Indian High Commission in Kingston in observing the completion of the activities to mark the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Indians to Jamaica in 1845. Over the years, the Indian community has grown tremendously and has been integral to the social, cultural, and economic fabric of Jamaica. Its positive contributions to the development of the Jamaican economy and society are worthy of acknowledgement and commendation. We salute our fellow Indian brothers and sisters for their unswerving commitment to advancing the development of our beloved island home. With their presence, our motto, “Out Of Many, One People”, is given true meaning. Jamaica and India enjoy a vibrant and productive relationship. It is one built on shared values and mutual respect. Indeed, our culture, historical connections, and love for cricket are among the many elements that unite us as a people. I therefore look forward to the further strengthening and enhancement of these relations in the years ahead. On this occasion, I wish to encourage the Indian community to continue making its mark, not only here in Jamaica but also across the world, particularly as India begins preparations to celebrate 75 years of Independence. There is much that other countries can learn from India and equally that India can impart to the rest of the world. I trust that the strong and vibrant relations between Jamaica and India will continue for many more years. SIR PATRICK ALLEN Governor General O N BEHALF of the Government and people of Jamaica, I am pleased to join the Indian High Commission in commemorating the arrival of the first Indians in Jamaica. It is fitting that these activities, which are now drawing to a close following a year-long celebration of this milestone achievement, should coincide with the preparations for the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. Having arrived in Old Harbour Bay in 1845, the Indian community has richly contributed to all spheres of Jamaican life – economically, socially and culturally – and are truly part of the mosaic that makes us ‘Out of Many, One People’. Their demonstrated resilience and tenacity have propelled members of that community to prominence in their respective areas of endeavour, most notably business, medicine and academia. We are proud that for the past 175 years, the steady movement of persons from India to Jamaica has continued unabated, culminating in so many of our Indian friends now calling Jamaica their home. As I acknowledge the Indian diaspora in Jamaica, I am equally proud of the excellent bonds of friendship that have been forged between both countries. We have a tradition of strong cooperation that has proven to be mutually beneficial at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. This relationship is also deeply personal. I am especially pleased that the engagement at the prime ministerial level, particularly between myself and Prime Minister Modi, has been robust and fruitful. India remains a source of inspiration for all nations. The significant strides in medicine, innovation, and science and technology, to name a few, speak volumes to the strong character and creativity of its people. India is to be congratulated for its willingness to share these developments with the global community. We have been beneficiaries of this selfless generosity in several key priority areas, including education, health, science and technology. Even as it grapples with COVID-19, India has not relented in its determination to support fellow developing countries. We are privileged to have received 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the government of India, which enabled us to jump- start our vaccination programme in March this year. We would not have been able to do so without the personal commitment and involvement of Prime Minister Modi and his government, including his very able high commissioner here in Kingston, His Excellency Rungsung Masakui. I use this opportunity to again thank the Indian community in Jamaica for its contribution to the development of our island home, and to extend best wishes for the continued growth and prosperity of the people of India and its diaspora across the globe. ANDREWHOLNESS Prime Minister MESSAGES ‘A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR ALL NATIONS’ ‘CONTINUE MAKING YOUR MARK ACROSS THE WORLD’ Over the years, the Indian community has grown tremen- dously and has been integral to the so- cial, cultural, and economic fabric of Jamaica. Its posi- tive contributions to the development of the Jamaican economy and soci- ety are worthy of acknowledgement and commendation.