Galaxy of leaders including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping likely to be invited for the gala ceremony to be held on May 28, 29 or 30
New Delhi: A galaxy of top world leaders could be invited to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony for his second tenure in power including leaders of the P-5 countries (US, Russia, UK, France and China), Japan, Germany, Israel, prominent Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE as well as several SAARC countries in India’s neighbourhood.
While speculation is rife in this regard, Government sources however said any invites would only be issued after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) takes a decision in this regard. It also remains to be seen whether Pakistan PM Imran Khan is invited.
Government sources said it was still too “premature” to talk about any invitations to foreign leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take oath as the Premier of the world’s largest democracy at a grand event in the next few days. The BJP has not officially confirmed the date of the swearing-in ceremony. However, some reports suggest that the event may take place on May 28, 29 or May 30.
Speculation is rife that US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping could be among the leaders invited. Attendance of some of the world’s top leaders is bound to further boost PM Modi’s image as a strong leader under whose leadership India is realising its potential in the world. This will also come at a time when India is pushing for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
In May 2014, calls to invite leaders of all SAARC nations went out even as the results came in, and the message of “Neighbourhood First” was sent out when leaders of all neighbouring countries (with the exception of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina).
This time around, Modi is understood to have had held a senior level meeting in early May to discuss who would be in invited, and asked for “creative suggestions” on whom to invite. Will the neighbours be called back for swearing in ceremony 2.0, or will there be others? Will any foreign leader even be included this time around? Party insiders say something out-of-the-box will definitely be thought of.
Nonsensical jamboree to invite all these foreign leaders, as if they have no other better work to do. Just get on with it with minimal expense, and start governing quickly as there are many issues to be addressed. Save the money for developmental projects which can help the poor of who there are over 400 million in India.
It will be a proud moment for Indians as a whole country (forget party affiliations) if the world leaders are seen in the Modi swearing-in ceremony. It will send signal to the world that India has grown in strength and cannot be ignored and taken lightly. May be, it will pave the way for India to enter the United Nations Security Council soon. Who would not like to see OUR COUNTRY as a major partner in the world affairs!
A word of caution here….. from the terror aspect…. The Intelligence wing has to be in top alert and the protocal and security to the world leaders and guests to be ensured without any lapse. If India is able to do it it will be great!
In this context it is prudent to remind all the newly elected MPs not to bask in their electoral victory BUT to work for SAB KA SAATH SABKA VIKAS AND make BHARATH MERA MAHAN! They will be under watch!