BUSINESS and community leaders farewelled departing Indian Cultural Centre director Dr Kamal Kishore Mishra on Friday.
Speaking to close to 50 business and community leaders who turned up to farewell the popular ICC director, Lautoka City Council special administrator Praveen Bala said Dr Mishra had played a leading role in bringing closer together relations between Fiji and India.
"He was a shining example of good diplomacy and he took a real interest in Fijian culture and tradition and sought to expose Indian culture, tradition and music to our people.
"We wish him well in his future endeavours, he will be missed," he said.
Dr Mishra was emotional when delivering his final speech in the country and said although Fiji was represented as a mere dot in the ocean, the heart of her people was big enough to cover the whole world.
"I have had four wonderful years here and I thank you all for sharing your lives and experiences with me.
"I will not say goodbye because I believe that I will return to visit you again," he said.
Dr Mishra has been replaced by Kishan Lal Kanojia.
Dr Mishra will return to India to take up an academic position with Kolkotta University.