Happy Liberation Day, Dear Kuwait!!

Posted on 2/12/2019

India is our mother land, our “Matrbhoomi” and Kuwait is our foster country, our “Karmbhoomi”. Blessed are we, who proudly and freely walk in this country which has embraced us just like our mother.

Relations between India and Kuwait date back to times immemorial. Perhaps even before 1900, when prior to the discovery of oil, Indo-Kuwait trade revolved around dates, spices and horses. The horse trade was ended in 1945 after the World War II, following which it turned to pearls and teakwood.

Diplomatic relations between the countries began in June 192 with the appointment of Yacoub Abdul Aziz AlRasheed as the first Kuwaiti Ambassador to India. India and Kuwait have always supported each other through difficult times. India was among the earliest countries to recognize Kuwaiti Independence. Kuwait too extended its support to India during the 1962 Indo-China war.

Today Indians form one of the largest expatriate communities in Kuwait numbering about 7 lakh people of several languages, following different religions and employed in electronic, industrial, medical, architectural and engineering sectors. Indians have been described by the Emir’s special envoy as having acquired a special space in Kuwait as “a brilliant and the least problematic expatriate community which works for the overall development of Kuwait”.

Today, Kuwait is India’s third largest partner in the Arab World India is however Kuwait’s second largest export market and its fifth largest source of imports. Strengthening this friendly ties, India and Kuwait have signed several agreements relating to scientific and technological co-operation including medical co-operation as well as in the areas of culture and education.

1 universe, 9 planets, 204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas and I, an Indian residing in Kuwait, living at a distance of 3311 kilometers taking about 3.67 hours of travel from our mother land have never felt missing or lonely, for the relations these countries share.

This Liberation Day, with great pleasure, we offer you warmest wishes on behalf of all the Indians in Kuwait.






Mohammad Osman Mapkar, VI-C, ICSK Khaitan



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Mohammad Osman Mapkar, VI-C, ICSK Khaitan



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