Modi attends event in Washington for return of Indian idols….reports Asian Lite News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a function at the US capital during which Indian idols lying in the US have been returned to India.
“Restoring India’s cultural heritage: PM @narendramodi attends ceremony for return of idols with US Attorney General,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted on Tuesday, as Modi attended the event.
“Today, we begin the process of returning more than 200 stolen cultural objects back to India,” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, according to a tweet by Swarup.
Modi thanked US President Barack Obama for returning the Indian idols.
“I am grateful to President Obama for returning to us these treasures which join us to our past,” the prime minister said.
“For some, these artefacts may be measured in monetary terms but for us this is beyond that. It’s a part of our culture and heritage,” Modi said.
Modi laid a wreath at the Arlington memorial , where the bodies of American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country have been laid down to rest.
Arlington National Cemetery, as it is officially known, is the final resting place of many of the US’ greatest heroes, including more than 300,000 veterans of every American conflict, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan, the US National Park Services website states.
“Since its founding in 1866, Arlington National Cemetery has provided a solemn place to reflect upon the sacrifices made by the men and women of the United States Armed Forces in the name of our country,” the website reads.
Modi is the third Indian Prime Minister to visit the Arlington memorial after then prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru in 1949 and Indira Gandhi in 1966.