US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House with an exchange of a series of unique gifts before engaging in a private dinner.
What Happened? As official gifts, Prime Minister Modi gave President Biden a handcrafted sandalwood box. The box, symbolic of reaching ‘Drishta Sahasrachandro’ (having seen a thousand full moons), contains a silver idol of Lord Ganesha, an oil lamp (diya), and a ‘Das Danam.’
First Lady Jill Biden received a 7.5-carat eco-friendly green diamond placed in a paper pulp box, known as ‘kar-e-kalamdani’.
In addition, Modi gifted Biden a copy of ‘The Ten Principal Upanishads,’ a first-edition print book.
In return, the Bidens gifted Modi a handmade antique American book galley, a vintage American camera, a hardcover book of American wildlife photography, and a signed, first edition of ‘Collected Poems of Robert Frost.’
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Before arriving in Washington, Modi led a record-setting yoga session at the UN headquarters in New York. He was warmly welcomed on Tuesday and met with several CEOs, intellectuals, and academics.
Historic Visit: PM Modi is the third Indian Prime Minister to receive an invitation for a state visit, the highest diplomatic honour reserved for close allies. The state visit involves an invitation by the Head of State to their official residence.
The Bidens will host a separate State Dinner at the White House for PM Modi, which approximately 400 guests are expected to attend.
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