Anil Puttaswamy wanted a safe place to raise a family.
Canada fit the bill.
“The main thing for me it is a very peaceful country,’’ said Puttaswamy, one of 74 people sworn in as a new Canadian citizen during an upbeat special Asian Heritage Month themed ceremony in Charlottetown Tuesday.
He and his wife, Nirmala Chinnappareddy, moved to this country from India in 2007.
Puttaswamy earned his doctor of veterinary science at the University of Guelph.
His wife already had her degree in veterinary medicine when the pair came to Canada.
The Charlottetown couple has two young boys, Ankush and Abhinav Gowder.
Both born in Canada, Ankush and Abhinav had their Canadian citizenship right off the bat, in stark contrast to their parents.
Puttaswamy and Chinnappareddy waited five years.
The wait was worthwhile.
“We were hoping for this for a long, long time,’’ said Puttaswamy.
“It’s the most beautiful day today and we are happy.’’
Puttaswamy, a researcher with the National Research Council helping to develop new natural drugs to treat human diseases, says his main goal as a Canadian citizen is to “contribute to society.’’
Citizenship Judge Ann Janega told the crowd that filled Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre of the Arts that the ceremony offered a great opportunity for all to reflect on what Canadian citizenship means.
“It isn’t just that certificate or that prized passport,’’ she said.
“It means much more than that. As Canadian citizens we enjoy rights and freedoms that are unheard…