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Indians Nationals in Bahamas hold Candlelight Vigil for Martyred Soldiers
By Dr. A. Jacob
Mar 5, 2019 - 10:49:21 AM

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It was a solemn gathering. A candle light vigil was held on February 23, 2019 by approximately 80 Indian nationals residing in New Providence, Bahamas to recognize the more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers who were killed in a terrorist attack in Kashmir, India on February 14, 2019. Photo by Dr. Isac George.

Nassau, Bahamas – After an unthinkable tragedy, the Indian nationals in The Bahamas, came together for a candlelight vigil on February 23, 2019 to remember and celebrate the sacrifice of 42 brave Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers who died in the ghastly act of terror that occurred on February 14, 2019 in Pulwama, Kashmir, India. About 80 residents gathered at Little Blair Park in New Providence to share the grief of Indians all over the world by lighting up candles as a mark of respect to all those martyred soldiers who lost their lives in this fight against terror.

The children and adult Indian nationals in New providence stood together to light candles in remembrance of the martyred soldiers of the 2019 Valentine’s Day Massacre. Photo by Dr. Isac George.

After the singing of the Indian National Anthem, the event was officiated by Deepak Bhatnagar, who is a long-standing Indian resident. According to Mr. Bhatnagar, he was emotionally weak as he watched the telecast showing the plights of the families of the brave soldiers who lost their husbands, fathers and sons. These losses are irreplaceable. Bhatnagar further added that how India under their Premier, Narendra D. Modi, responds to this tragedy will be closely monitored by all the Indian nationals in The Bahamas. He concluded that the Indians living in The Bahamas salute those soldiers for their bravery and that their sacrifices will not go in vain.  The solemn event ended with the lighting of the candles followed by a 2-minute silence to pay homage in the memory of the fallen soldiers.
Senior Indian national, Deepak Bhatnagar (middle in plaid shirt) officiated the candle light ceremony that paid tribute to the Indian soldiers who died on the Valentine’s Day Massacre in Kashmir, India. He said that seeing on television, the plight of those affected who lost husbands, fathers, and sons was very heartbreaking. Photo by Dr. Isac George.

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