A tribute to people’s resilience and a nation that emerged strong despite the colonial rule

I am pleased to extend a very warm and heartiest congratulations on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of India’s Independence. My warmest greetings to the readers of the South Asian Times and congratulations on the special edition on this 77th Anniversary -Commemorative Issue. 

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative to celebrate and commemorate our 75 years of Independence and its great history which includes people, culture and achievements. This milestone event pays tribute to the great spirit of people who emerged from colonial rule to build a nation of different cultures and great resilience.  

It preserves the memory of great freedom fighters and countless unsung heroes who rallied the nation toward its destiny. A salient feature of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is its unity in diversity, with so many languages, faiths, customs and traditions etc. 

While remembering our great past, the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav highlights our country’s achievements over the past seven decades in the areas of science and technology, agriculture, space exploration, etc and our country rising as a global power. We expect India to grow over 6 % per year from fiscal year 2024 which will double our current GDP of $3.4 trillion to 6.7 trillion by 2031. 

This Mahotsav stands as a ray of hope and proves our country’s strength over a period of time.                                   


-Virendra Bansal
SBI Country Head (US Operations) 

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