Modi begins Indonesia visit by laying wreath at military cemetery

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 May 2018 09:24:07



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday began his Indonesia visit by paying homage to martyrs of Indonesian independence struggle as he laid a wreath at the iconic Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery here.

Prime Minister Modi is here on his first-ever official visit to Indonesia. Kalibata Heroes’ Cemetery in South Jakarta is a military cemetery in Indonesia. It was built in 1953 and opened in November 1954 when the first burial took place.
Modi said in a tweet: “Paid tributes at the iconic Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in Jakarta”.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet: “Lest we forget paying homage to martyrs of Indonesian independence struggle! PM @narendramodi laying wreath at the Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery and signing the Visitor’s Book”.
More than 7,000 people who are military casualties and veterans from Indonesian War of Independence are buried at the cemetery.

MODI, WIDODO INAUGURATE KITE EXHIBITION: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday flew kites as they inaugurated the first joint kite exhibition themed on India’s largest epics Ramayana and Mahabharata at Jakarta’s National Monument here.

Prime Minister Modi and President Widodo participated in the ‘Kite Exhibition’ which showcased the strong civilisational links between India and Indonesia.
“Connecting through heritage. President @jokowi and I unveiled a unique kite exhibition. The kites in the exhibits were themed on the Ramayana and the Mahabharata,” Modi tweeted.

The exhibition is themed on Hindu mythology epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata with images on kites of Lord Rama killing his rival Ravana and of demons.
The Ramayana theme is designed by Indonesian organisers while the Mahabharata theme has been designed by Indians.

VISIT ISTIQLAL MOSQUE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid a visit to Indonesia’s grand Istiqlal Mosque, the largest in Southeast Asia, during his first official visit to the country.
Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by Indonesia President Joko Widodo during his visit to the mosque which was built to commemorate Indonesian independence and opened to the public in 1978.

“Glad to have visited the Istiqlal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world,” Modi said in a tweet.
“Ramadan Karim! Indonesian President @jokowi accompanied PM @narendramodi during a visit to Istiqlal Mosque, the national mosque of Indonesia and the largest in southeast Asia, in the holy month of Ramadan,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Istiqlal Mosque is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and the third largest Sunni mosque in term of capacity. It is named ‘Istiqlal’, an Arabic word for “independence”. Positioned next to Merdeka Square and the Jakarta Cathedral, the mosque was built after 17 years of construction and can accommodate over 1,20,000 worshippers.