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Gujarat CM joins the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015 at Mahatma Mandir

Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel today joined the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations, along with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. On the occasion, CM Smt Patel gave her inaugural address at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being hosted by Gujarat, on the theme of celebrating 100 years of home-coming of Mahatma Gandhiji from South Africa to India.

In her inaugural address, CM Smt Patel expressed her gratitude towards the invaluable contribution of Mahatma Gandhiji in India’s freedom struggle. She shared the details of the unique exhibition ‘Dandi Kutir’ inaugurated by PM Shri Modi at Mahatma Mandir, based on the ideas and principles of Gandhiji.

CM Smt Patel also remembered veteran leader Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, who initiated the celebrations of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in the year 2003. In her address, CM Smt Patel lauded the achievements of the Indian Diaspora overseas and urged them to continue being the ambassadors of Indian values abroad. She also welcomed all the NRIs and PIOs present to visit the Dandi Kutir exhibition, Patangotsav and cultural programmes at Sabarmati riverfront and Kankaria lake front.

She thanked Union Cabinet Minister of External Affairs Smt Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State Shri V K Singh for closely reviewing the preparations of the event. Also present on the occasion were President of Guyana Mr Donald Ramotar, South African Minister of Internal Relations and Cooperation Ms Maite Nkoana Mashabane, Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius Mr Showkutally Soodhan and other Ministers of India.

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