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India Bulletin

(Issue -2 : 06 Aug - 05 Sept 2022)
Message from Consul General

September is the month in which Festival season of India begins. While Indians across the world are celebrating Ganesh Utsav and Onam this month, the people of China will be celebrating their Mid-autumn festival. The Consulate General of India in Shanghai extends warm wishes to all on this festival season!

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India elects its 14thVice President

Vice Presidential election of India was held on August 6, 2022. Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar took over as the fourteenth Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha on August 11, 2022. Earlier, Shri Dhankhar served as Governor of West Bengal from 30th July 2019 to 18th July, 2022. He also served as a Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in 1990. Shri Dhankhar began his professional career as a lawyer, and rose to be among the top legal experts in the country.

Highlights of Prime Minister's address to the Nation on 76th Independence Day


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 76th Independence Day. A Brief summary is given here:

Salute the Architects of Free India:

Prime Minister Modi began his address by remembering the freedom fighters, revolutionaries, and nation builders.

He recalled the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Ramprasad Bismil, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Subash Chandra Bose, and all other freedom fighters who shook the foundations of the British Empire. He also invoked tribal freedom fighters such as Birsa Munda, Tirot Singh and Alluri Sitarama Raju, who played a pivotal role in keeping the freedom struggle alive in every corner of India.

Focus on “Panch Pran” to make India a Developed Nation (Viksit Bharat) in the Next 25 Years

The Prime Minister urged people to focus their energies on the five resolutions of making India a developed nation, removing every trace of the colonial mindset, taking pride in its heritage, fostering unity, and fulfilling their duties in the next 25 years.

He urged the youth to dedicate the next 25 years of their lives to the development of the nation. He added that we will work towards the development of the entire humanity, and that is the strength of India.

Modi said India will have to move ahead with big goals to fulfil the vision of a developed India. The world looked at India with pride and hope, and as a problem-solver.

Laud India’s Collective Spirit

Prime Minister Modi also lauded citizens of the country for coming together in the fight against COVID-19, and said India has administered a record 200 crore vaccine doses in a time-bound manner, a feat that would not have been possible for another nation.

There was an increase in ‘jan chetna’ or collective spirit.

Lauding citizens for leading the way in taking vaccines, he added: "When there was confusion prevailing in the world over the efficacy of vaccines, my country's people came forward and we accomplished the feat of administering 200 crore vaccine doses. That surprised the world."

The Prime Minister also stressed the fact that the country broke previous records in the administration of vaccine doses. He added that the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign has been another example of nation's collective spirit.

Respect And Empower Nari Shakti

"For the nation to achieve a bigger target, that too, at a much faster pace, it is crucial that we empower women around us in every sphere. It is only with their equal participation that India could forge ahead on the path of development." Acknowledging the contribution of women, in every field, he said that there is hardly any sector left, where India’s women are not making their mark.

Commend the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat

Prime Minister Modi said Aatmanirbhar Bharat is not a government scheme. It is a mass movement.

He said that for the first time in 75 years, a made-in-India gun was used for the ceremonial 21-shot salute to the tricolour at the historic Red Fort on Independence Day.

In his speech, Prime Minister Modi commended the armed forces personnel for adopting his vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) and taking steps towards realising it.

While referring to the Defence Ministry's decision to issue multiple 'positive indigenisation lists', the Prime Minister lauded Indian soldiers for taking the resolve of not importing 300 items, that they listed to source indigenously.

Fight Against Corruption And Nepotism

Prime Minister Modi said the two big challenges before the country are corruption and nepotism, asserting that the nation has to fight against these together.

Talking about corruption, he said the nation shows anger towards corruption, but not the corrupt. Until and unless people have the mentality of penalising the corrupt, the nation cannot progress at an optimum pace, he said.

On nepotism, the Prime Minister said that it has infiltrated all the institutions of the country, harmed real talent and led to more corruption. “We need to give opportunities to those who are talented and will work for the progress of the nation. Talent will be the basis of New India,” he said.

Hailing Innovation

Prime Minister Modi said that the government has opened up new opportunities for the youth in sectors such as space, deep ocean and so on. Through the PLI (production-linked incentive) scheme, it has dedicated Rs 1 lakh crore to make India a hub of manufacturing, bring new technology in the country and create more and more employment opportunities.

Hailing UPI (unified payment interface), he lauded the revolution India has brought about in the fin-tech sector at the back of its technological prowess. He added that digital is the way forward, and to ensure that India becomes digital, his government is ensuring optical fibre network reaches every village in the country.

Showing the road ahead, Prime Minister Modi emphasised that India needs to become self-reliant in new-age technologies, including solar power, wind power, mission hydrogen, biofuel, electric vehicle and so on.

He hailed the young entrepreneurs emerging from tier-2 and tier-3 cities and changing the startup landscape with their innovation.

Defence Minister of India attended SCO Defence Ministers Meet at Tashkent

Defence Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh, attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) Defence Ministers Meet at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He exhorted the member states to fight together and eliminate terrorism in all its forms. Expressing India’s concern on the situation in Ukraine, he said that the Ukraine situation should be resolved through talks.


Deputy NSA of India participates in SCO NSAs meeting at Tashkent


Deputy National Security Advisor of India, Shri Vikram Misri participated in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) NSAs meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 19th August, 2022. During the meeting, India called for combating terrorism, terror financing, transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and strengthening information security. Moreover, India’s humanitarian assistance to Afghan people was much appreciated at the meeting. Misri also met Uzbekistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov and discussed advancing bilateral cooperation in areas of security and defence.


India and the World

India delivered the 10th batch of medical assistance to Afghanistan


India supplied the tenth batch of medical assistance as part of India’s ongoing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan on August 20, 2022. In view of the urgent appeals made by the United Nations to assist the Afghan people, India has, so far, supplied 32 tons of medical assistance in ten batches, which includes essential life saving medicines, anti-TB medicines, and 500,000 doses of COVID vaccine. These medical consignments have been handed over to the World Health Organization(WHO) and Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Kabul.


India handed over 21,000 tonnes of fertilizer to Sri Lanka


India handed over 21,000 tonnes of fertilizer to Sri Lanka on August 22, 2022. This follows 44,000 tonnes supplied under Indian support totaling about USD 4 billion in July 2022. The fertilizer will contribute to food security and support the farmers of Sri Lanka. The philanthropic gesture demonstrates benefits to the people from close ties with India and mutual trust and goodwill between India and Sri Lanka.




INS Vikant, India's first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier has been commissioned on 2nd September, 2022 . Hon'ble Prime Minister Shir Narendra Modi dedicated the State-of-the-Art aircraft carrier to the nation in a ceremony in Kochi in Southern India.

On 28 July 2022, Indian Navy took delivery of the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IN) ‘Vikrant’ from Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi, a Public Sector Shipyard under Ministry of Shipping (MoS), Government of India. The carrier was indigenously designed by Directorate of Naval Design (DND) of Indian Navy. The 262 mtr long carrier with a full displacement of close to 45,000 tonnes was powered by four Gas Turbines totaling 88 MW power and has a maximum speed of 28 Knots. With an overall indigenous content of 76%, IAC is a perfect example of the nation's quest for "Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” and provides thrust to Government's 'Make in India' initiative.

With the delivery of Vikrant, India has joined a select group of nations having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier.



60% of all the Covid vaccines used globally are produced in India


India is greatly contributing to World COVID-19 vaccination drive.   India has also supplied more than 240 million vaccine does to the world under 'Vaccine Maitri" as per the philosophy of "Vasudhaiva  Kutumbakam". Moreover, almost 60% of all vaccines for coronavirus used globally are produced in India. At present, India is currently giving a double dose vaccination to all citizens including children, crossing the 2 billion mark in July, 2022.  India's COVID-19 vaccination, which is the world's fastest and free vaccination campaign, has achieved the target of 2 billion doses within 1.5 year. 1.1 billion Indian civitizens have benefitted from the vaccination programme through COWIN App.  (

India to be the fastest growing Asian economy in Financial Year 2023


   The analysts from financial services firm Morgan Stanley has predicated that India will be the fastest growing Asian economy in the Financial Year 2023, contributing 28% of its GDP to Asia’s growth, and 22% to global growth. The analysts also predicted that India will witness its best run in over a decade, due to increased demand for India's commodities leading to better exports, and is also well positioned to drive domestic demand on its own for Asia. (

India’s semiconductor component market to reach US$ 300 bn by 2026



            According to a joint research report from Counterpoint Research (a Global Technology Industry Research, Analysis & Strategic Consulting Firm) and India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) (a premier Industry Body representing the ESDM (electronics system design and manufacturing& Intelligent Electronics industry in India),  India is expected to become world's second-largest market for semiconductor, reaching US$ 300 billion by 2026. The revenue of India's end equipment market stood at US$ 119 billion in 2021, and is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19% from  2021 to 2026. (

Startups created 7.46 lakh jobs in a year



India has the third largest startup ecosystem in the world. The number of startups and unicorns becoming the backbone of a self-reliant and new India has grown very rapidly in the last 6 years. After the launch of the startup India initiative in August  3, 2016, over 75,000 startups  were recognized in the Country.  40% of these  startups are from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. These startups have created 746,000 jobs and are growing at a rate of 110 % per year.(

Indian Fintech  gains 14% of global funding share at US$ 29 bn


According to a report from Boston Consulting Group and Matrix Partners India, India’s fintech market, has achieved a 14% share of the global funding. It also become the world’s second highest spot in terms of deal value, after gaining US$ 29 billion in funding across 2,084 deals between January 2017 and July 2022. Out of the 106 unicorns in India, 23 of them are from the fintech category. The report further added that India’s fintech sector can now compete successfully in the global financial services market and set standards for speed of innovation, customer inclusion, and growth. (

India to become self-reliant in Energy sector by 2047


Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi announced that India will become self-reliant in the energy sector by 2047, meeting 50% of its installed electrical capacity from non-fossil sources by 2030. Multiple projects have been initiated to drive this movement. With an investment of INR 7300 crore, the Suzuki Motor Gujarat Electric Vehicle Battery Manufacturing Facility will be set up in the State to manufacture Advanced Chemistry Cell batteries for EVs. Also, a vehicle manufacturing facility in Haryana will be set up to build one million passenger EVs per year. An initial investment of INR 11,000 crore will be allocated for the vehicle manufacturing facility. (

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav - Freedom stories

Freedom Fighter -Bina Das


Bina Das was an Indian revolutionary and nationalist from West Bengal. She was born to social worker and educationist parents, who were deeply involved in the Brahmo Samaj and the freedom struggle.

Das was a member of Chhatri Sangha, a semi-revolutionary organisation for women in Kolkata. On 6 February 1932, she attempted to assassinate the Bengal Governor Stanley Jackson, in the Convocation Hall of the University of Calcutta. The revolver was supplied by another freedom fighter Kamala Das Gupta. She fired five shots but failed and was sentenced to nine years of rigorous imprisonment.

After her early release in 1939, Das joined the Congress party. In 1942, she participated in the Quit India movement and was imprisoned again from 1942 to 1945. From 1946 to 1947, she was a member of the Bengal Provincial Legislative Assembly and, from 1947 to 1951, of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.


Commonwealth Games 2022


The 2022 Commonwealth Games  held in Birmingham (July 28 to August 8, 2022) was a huge success for India. At the games, India wrapped fourth position with 61 medals (22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze). Wrestling topped the medal chart with 12 medals including six gold, while weightlifting accounted for 10 medals. Nearly 200 Indian athletes competed for medals across 16 different sports at the games.

            Notably, the lawn ball Women team made Commonwealth Games history by winning a gold medal. India had never won a medal in this sport in its history. Similarly, the Indian women's cricket team also created history by winning the silver medal in Commonwealth Games first-ever T20 event.

( ; New India samachar-August 16-31, 2022)

U20 World Championships



India came up with its best performance at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships. Also known as the World Junior Championships, it was held at the Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Colombiafrom August 1 to August 6, 2022. India won one gold, four silvers and 11 bronze medals  at the junior world championships.

Antim Panghal, made history by becoming the first Indian woman to become a world champion in U20 wrestling by winning a  gold medal. Rupal Choudhary won a bronze in women's 400m and a Silver medal  in the 4x400 mixed relay at  Athletics U20 Championship, becoming the first Indian athlete to win two medals at the world championships.

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India in China

Ambassador's visit to Shanghai
(06 - 08 August)

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Inaguration of ‘India Corner’, showcasing products and handicrafts from various states of India, by Ambassador Shri Pradeep Rawat and Mrs. Shruti Rawat.

Cultural Evening to celebrate India @75 (06 Aug 2022)

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Ambassador Shri Pradeep Rawat and Mrs. Shruti Rawat graced the ‘Cultural Evening’ programme as part of Indi@75 celebrations organised by the CGI Shanghai on 06 August, 2022.

"India Bulletin" Newsletter released

Ambassador Shri Pradeep Rawat and Consul General Dr. N. Nandakumar launched ‘India Bulletin’, an electronic newsletter focused on latest developments in India.

Ambassador's visit to Guangzhou

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Ambassador Shri Pradeep Rawat and Mrs. Shruti Rawat graced the ‘Cultural Evening 'Utsav'- as part of India@75 celebrations. A textile exhibition organised with the support of Indian community was also inaugurated by the Ambassador.

Celebration of 75th anniversary of India's Independence
(15 August, 2022)


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Cultural Evening at Shanghai on 15th August, 2022

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