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"Gujarat Government in touch with Indian authorities in Kenya over the safety and well being of the Indian community there"

In a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri Narendra Modi has urged the Central Government to ensure the safety of the Indian community abroad in the wake of terrorist attacks. This letter comes in the aftermath of the gruesome attack at a Nairobi mall where several people including many Indians lost their lives.

Shri Modi pointed that the State Government is in touch with the Indian authorities in Kenya and have requested them to ensure the safety of the Indian community including the Gujarati community there.

In his letter Narendra Modi ji also wrote that the Indian community has been living in Kenya for generations and they have contributed to the cultural, social and economic life there in a big way. He added that this attack has left the Indian community in great shock and that their concerns must be addressed by the Indian government. 

He opined in the letter that having been victims of such attacks, we can understand the pain among the people in such time. Shri Modi called for the coming together of all humanitarian forces across the world to spread the message of peace and fight the menace of terror. He also added that there must not be any stone unturned in the fight against terror.

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PM to bring home 157 artefacts & antiquities from the US
September 25, 2021
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Artefacts include cultural antiquities and figurines related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism
Endeavour embodies continuous efforts by the Modi Government to bring back our antiquities & artefacts from across the world
Most of the items belong to the period of 11th CE to 14th CE as well as historic antiquities belonging to Before Common Era

157 artefacts & antiquities were handed over by the United States during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. PM conveyed his deep appreciation for the repatriation of antiquities to India by the United States. PM Modi & President Biden committed to strengthen their efforts to combat the theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects.

The list of 157 artefacts includes a diverse set to items ranging from the one and a half metre bas relief panel of Revanta in sandstone of the 10th CE to the 8.5cm tall, exquisite bronze Nataraja from the 12th CE. The items largely belong to the period of 11th CE to 14th CE as well as historic antiquities such as the copper anthropomorphic object of 2000 BC or the terracotta vase from the 2nd CE. Some 45 antiquities belong to the Before Common Era.

While half of the artifacts (71) are cultural, the other half consists of figurines which relate to Hinduism (60), Buddhism (16) and Jainism (9).

Their make spreads across metal, stone and terracotta. The bronze collection primarily contains ornate figurines of the well-known postures of Lakshmi Narayana, Buddha, Vishnu, Siva Parvathi and the 24 Jain Tirthankaras and the less common Kankalamurti, Brahmi and Nandikesa besides other unnamed deities and divine figures.

The motifs include religious sculptures from Hinduism (Three headed Brahma, Chariot Driving Surya, Vishnu and his Consorts, Siva as Dakshinamurti, Dancing Ganesha etc), Buddhism (Standing Buddha, Boddhisattva Majushri, Tara) and Jainism (Jain Tirthankara, Padmasana Tirthankara, Jaina Choubisi) as well as secular motifs (Amorphous couple in Samabhanga, Chowri Bearer, Female playing drum etc).

There are 56 terracotta pieces (Vase 2nd CE, Pair of Deer 12th CE, Bust of Female 14th CE) and an 18th CE sword with sheath with inscription mentioning Guru Hargovind Singh in Persian).

This continues the efforts by the Modi Government to bring back our antiquities & artefacts from across the world.