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ISKCON Participates in Indian Prime Minister's Inauguration Ceremony

By: for ISKCON News on May 31, 2014
Photo Credits: The Hindustan Times

Newly-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi swears in on May 26th in New Delhi.

The May 26th grand swearing-in ceremony of India’s new Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, in the capital city of New Delhi, turned out to be a high-profile event with several head of states, leading businessmen, scholars, spiritual leaders, movie stars and sports players participating in it. ISKCON was also specially invited to this carefully tailored event and was represented by its Indian Communications Director, Vrajendranandan Dasa.

The ceremony, held in the official residence of the Indian President, began with the Indian national anthem, followed by the President officiating the oath to the Prime Minister and the union cabinet of ministers.

The unprecedented event was the first time ever when the head of states participated in the swearing-in ceremony of the Indian Prime Minister. Guest included Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr Nawaz Sharif, President of Afghanistan Mr Hamid Karazi along with the leaders from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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ISKCON Communications Director for India Vrajendranandana Das (with tilak mark on his forehead) at the swearing-in ceremony

The 4000 invitees from around the world were sent out by the President of India’s office. Due to Mr Modi being a strict vegetarian, were served over 200 vegetarian delicacies.

Several members of Indian parliament greeted Vrajendranandan Dasa recognizing him from their earlier meetings over the years and appreciated ISKCON for its contribution towards the betterment of the society.  They expressed their interest to visit ISKCON’s Delhi temple soon and participate in its functions.

The grand ceremony came to an end with the national anthem and was followed by a dinner with over 200 vegetarian delicacies being served as Mr Modi is a strict vegetarian. 

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