PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the USA - September 24th

Published By : Admin | September 24, 2015 | 22:33 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced his visit to the United States of America on September 24th. After concluding the historic and memorable visit to Ireland, Shri Narendra Modi arrived at John F Kennedy airport in New York. This marked the beginning of second leg of his two-nation tour.

In New York, the first meeting was dedicated to business. Prime Minister Modi held a roundtable meeting with top American CEOs from the financial sector. Fruitful discussions were held in the roundtable and the Prime Minister urged the CEOs to invest in various sectors. He also outlined his vision for “Start-Up India, Stand-Up India.” Shri Narendra Modi highlighted numerous steps being taken by Government to improve business environment in India which has in turn helped raise the FDI and investor confidence.

Roundtable with Financial Sector CEOs was a fruitful exchange of views on economic issues. Urged CEOs to invest in India...

Posted by Narendra Modi on Thursday, September 24, 2015

PM Narendra Modi held a second roundtable meeting on media, technology and communications with CEOs of entertainment and media industries. The Prime Minister noted that current era was driven by technology. The CEOs were enthusiastic about the digital transformation that is taking place in India through the Digital India initiative. Addressing the media sector CEOs, he said that Government of India has been committed to protecting IPR which is essential to fostering creativity. He also spoke about Government’s vision to connect 600,000 villages through broadband connectivity.

Prime Minister Modi held extensive talks with various leaders in New York City. He met PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh. Both the leaders expressed happiness at the progress of implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement. Discussions also focused on connectivity, infrastructure, sustainable development goals, reform of the UN Security Council and other institutions of global governance.

Shri Modi held a meeting with PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Ralph Gonsalves. He thanked Dr. Gonsalves for the support extended by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines towards UNSC reform. The Prime Minister also met President David Arthur Granger of Guyana. President Granger also presented PM Narendra Modi copies of two monographs written by him. The President was appreciative of Indian support for capacity building in the IT sector in Guyana.

A great meeting with PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr. Ralph Gonsalves.

Posted by Narendra Modi on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met heads of various business firms. Shri Modi attended a working dinner where major Fortune-500 CEOs were present. Prime Minister interacted with 42 American CEOs from the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. The Prime Minister highlighted his commitment for predictable, transparent and accountable governance. Discussions were held on investment opportunities in India. The PM made a strong pitch for ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ initiatives.

My interaction with Fortune 500 CEOs was on investment opportunities in India & why they must come & 'Make in India.'

Posted by Narendra Modi on Thursday, September 24, 2015

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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.