Indian High Commissioner Arun Kumar Sahu shares abir with children at Holi celebrations at the Mahatma Ghandi Institute for Cultural Cooperation, Mt Hope, yesterday.

Charles Kong Soo

Indian High Commissioner Arun Kumar Sahu made no mention of his country’s donation of COVID-19 vaccines to T&T when he spoke at Holi celebrations at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation (MGICC) in Mount Hope yesterday.

Instead, in his brief address, he focused on the significance of Holi, which he described as “a festival of colours that represents the diversity of life, faiths, ethnicity and emotions.”

Sahu added: “It’s a festival of love, affection and brotherhood. It reminds us of the pure love between Radha and Krishna. It is the spirit of welcoming the season of spring after winter.”

Noting that this year’s Holi “comes amid humanity fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and countries scrambling for coronavirus vaccines,” the High Commissioner said the celebration was an integral part of human existence, and a time for people to renew their love, affection, friendship and brotherhood with their near and loved ones.

The small COVID-19 protocol-compliant audience at the celebeations was treated to musical performances by the Biraha Raja’s Chowtaal Group and MGICC vocal teacher Paritosh Singh and his students.

After the official part of the ceremony, Sahu took part in the Holi traditions including the throwing of abir on celebrants.

The Indian Government officially informed the T&T Government on Wednesday that 40,000 doses of WHO-approved AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were being donated to this country. This follows official correspondence from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to the Prime Minister of India.