Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Washington

Washington DC(AFP/DNA): It’s the last day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit. PM is set to meet Barack Obama to continue their parleys on different issues regarding both countries. Mr Modi will be greeted with a formal arrival ceremony outside West Wing.

Narendra Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Washington

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Narendra Modi started the day by remembering father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the statue of the Father of the Nation here in the US capital. A large number of Indian-Americans were present to welcome the Prime Minister who was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj when he arrived at the Indian Embassy to pay tribute to the Gandhi statue in front of the mission. On the last day of his five-day visit to the US, the Prime Minister will meet US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and separately the Governor of Maryland state.

Today is also being observed as US-India Partnership Day. Thereafter Modi will go to the White House for the official bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama. The two are expected to issue a joint statement at the end of the meeting. Modi is also scheduled to address a reception hosted by the US India Business Council (USIBC). The prime minister is also likely to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial here.

Martin Luther King, was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King is an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the US and around the world, using non-violent resistance inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.

In Tuesday morning IST, PM had met Barack Obama for dinner. Other distinguished dignitaries were also present. It was only warm water for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who turned out to be the most unusual guest in the history of White House where he was the only one who ate nothing at President Barack Obama’s dinner for him last night. A plate in front of the Indian leader remained empty as some of the most powerful men and women in the world seated around the table ate compressed avacados, crisped halibut, safron Basmati rice and salmon.

Some gifts were also exchanged by both the top leaders. Keeping in mind the two people US President Barack Obama admired most, Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally chose gifts for him which included a ‘Gita by Gandhi’ in Khadi cover and audio-video clips from the 1959 India visit of Martin Luther King.

“The Prime Minister has brought several gifts. At the personal level, he has brought a special edition of Gita by Gandhi Ji. This is Gandhi Ji’s interpretation of Gita. The book was published many years ago,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.