Vladimir Putin gifts Bapu's handwritten notes, Bengal sword to Narendra Modi

The Russian president presented a page from Mahatma Gandhi’s diary and an 18th century sword to the PM while hosting him for a tete-a-tete in Kremlin

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin presented visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a page from the diary of Mahatma Gandhi and an 18th century Indian sword, an official statement said yesterday.

President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin presenting a page that contains Mahatma Gandhi’s handwritten notes
President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin presenting a page that contains Mahatma Gandhi’s handwritten notes

Putin presented the items to Modi while hosting the latter for a private dinner on Wednesday evening.

“President Putin presented to the Prime Minister a page from the diary of Mahatma Gandhi. The page contains Gandhiji’s handwritten notes,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

An antique sword that features intricate silver artwork to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kremlin. Pics/PTI
An antique sword that features intricate silver artwork to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kremlin. Pics/PTI

Putin also gifted Modi a late-18th century Indian sword from the Bengal province that features intricate silver artwork.

Modi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to a red carpet welcome for a two-day visit during which he will attend the 16th India-Russia annual summit meeting.

PM’s itinerary
During this visit, a raft of agreements spanning a broad spectrum of sectors are expected to be signed following summit-level talks between the countries yesterday, with trade being a major focus.

Modi and Putin are scheduled to meet a delegation of Indian and Russian CEOs in the Kremlin. Modi will address a gathering of Friends of India and also meet members of the Indian community in Russia.

The prime minister’s itinerary includes a visit to Russia’s National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Moscow.

The NCMC is a multi-level coordination centre designed to provide inter-agency coordination and to alert people about the threat of emergency situations. The capabilities of the NCMC include state-of-the-art real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling.

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