King Charles 111 congratulates Mr and Mrs Sharma on their Milestone 66th wedding Anniversary
Mr Hari Dutt Sharma and Mrs Arun Sharma celebrated their milestone 66th wedding anniversary on 28th December 2023; a get-together was organised at Saffron Indian Restaurant to mark the historic event.
Letters of Congratulations were received from King Charles 111 and Camila, Queen Consort, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese, former Queensland premier Anastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Commonwealth Games Mr John-Paul Langbroek, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Member for Moncrieff- Ms Angie Bell MP.
Mr Hari Dutt Sharma, originally from Fiji, has traced his roots back to Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, India. His father arrived in Fiji in 1913. After tracing his roots to India, Hari Dutt Sharma wrote a book on the experience, a copy of which has been presented to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mrs Arun Sharma ancestry is from Rajasthan India.
Mr Hari Dutt Sharma turned 91 on 18th November; he had served in the Ministry of Education, where he was in charge of scholarships, etc; many of his friends remember him from his days at Vivekananda College.
During his younger days, he was a keen soccer player and represented the Labasa team; he was nicknamed “Fiji Airways” as he was swift on the field. He became the team captain and later on a coach; he was once selected to the Suva team, though he did not get a chance to play for Suva.