November 2018 \ Diaspora News \ DIASPORA IN BELGIUM
Vice President addresses Indian diaspora in Belgium

India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visited the Jain ...

  • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Indian Community, at the Jain Cultural Centre, in Antwerp, Belgium on October 20, 2018. The Governor of Antwerp, Belgium, Ms. Cathy Berx, the Ambassador of India to Belgium, Ms. Gaitri Issar Kumar and other dignitaries are also seen

India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visited the Jain Temple in the Belgian port city of Antwerp in October where he addressed the Indian community. The event, organised by the members of Indian Association in Belgium and the Jain Culture Centre, was also attended by Antwerp Governor Ms. Cathy Berx.

The function began with a Kathakali performance by Margi Kathakali Group from Trivandrum which presented “Geetopadesham”, a performance based on the Bhagavad Gita. Mr Naidu began his address by mentioning the contributions and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers who fought alongside their Belgian counterparts during the First World War.

He praised the Indian community and their contributions to the continued success of Belgium as the hub of global diamond trade and towards the prosperity of the Belgian economy. The Indian Diaspora in Antwerp mostly came from Palanpur in Gujarat and contributes 80 per cent of the Belgium’s global diamond trade.

In his speech to the Indian community, the Indian Vice President also talked about the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Summit held in Brussels in October, saying the two-day meet was aimed at strengthening Asia-Europe cooperation to promote world peace and stability. He also briefed the community on the transformational changes in India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.