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Updated December 31st, 2023 at 18:06 IST

New Year with a twist: India's UK mission extends warm greetings in different mother tongues

As the world gears up to ring in the New Year, the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom found a unique way to extend their New Year greetings.

India's High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami and diplomatic staff extend new year wishes
India's High Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami and diplomatic staff extend new year wishes | Image:X - @HCI_London
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London: As the world gears up to ring in the New Year, the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom found a unique way to extend their New Year greetings. In a video shared on X, formally known as Twitter, the High Commission shared a heartwarming video in which the greetings were extended in various mother tongues highlighting India's rich cultural diversity. The video message opened with India's High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami expressing his warm wishes for the New Year while shedding light on the main motive behind the initiative. 

“Last year, my colleagues and I wanted to showcase the diversity of India's many, many languages. And we wished you all in our mother tongues, our home languages,” Doraiswami averred. "This year to be different, we're going to try and showcase just how much the diversity of our languages is part of our culture by trying to wish you a very happy new year in somebody else's mother tongue from India," he added. The video featured a host of members of the Indian Mission in London extending New Year wishes in languages other than their own mother tongues. Doraiswami took the first swing at it and extended New Year wishes in Assamese, despite being a South Indian.

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Netizens laud the move

After the video was shared by IHC's official Twitter handle, it managed to garner over four thousand views. Many people took to the comment section and hailed the unique initiative by the diplomatic office. “Such rich #diversity is a great strength of India reflecting in different languages cultures faith values but all strongly interconnected representing One Nation 🇮🇳  & same diversity represented @HCI_London & other embassies around the world Happy New Year to All ਨਵਾ ਸਾਲ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ!,” one user commented on the video shared on X. “A very interesting way of showcasing the diverse languages,” another user remarked. 

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Published December 30th, 2023 at 07:35 IST

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