‘Namami Brahmaputra’ fest: Europe, USA no longer vital markets for India, SE Asia emerging destination, says President Pranab Mukherjee

By: | Updated: March 31, 2017 6:35 PM

President Pranab Mukherjee while inaugurating the ‘Namami Brahmaputra (Obeisance to Brahmaputra) festival’ today addressed the people in Guwahati.

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President Pranab Mukherjee while inaugurating the ‘Namami Brahmaputra (Obeisance to Brahmaputra) festival’ today addressed the people in Guwahati. In his speech, President Mukherjee urged Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam to make the Namami Brahmaputra a regular programme. He said, “I would like to suggest to the CM (Assam) & his cabinet colleagues to make it a regular programme.” He also talked about Indian Investment outside the country and said, “Europe and USA no longer vital markets for India, South East Asian countries emerging destination of Indian Investment.”

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Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the ‘Namami Brahmaputra festival’. Terming the Brahmaputra as “the lifeline of Assam & the Northeast and is the source of livelihood for people in the region”, PM Modi said “It is a matter of great pride that the Namami Brahmaputra festival is being launched by the Assam Government. Best wishes for the festival.” In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, “Rivers occupy a central role in India’s history & culture. Let us keep working together to ensure clean rivers for India’s growth.”

The festival which has been tagged as ‘India’s largest river festival’ was organised across 21 districts of the state and showcased trade, tourism and cultural possibilities of along Brahmaputra river. Nobel Laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Mahesh Sharma along with tourists from across the globe are expected to attend the meeting. “This is a perfect opportunity for us to show our cultural strength and economic importance to the world,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. “Brahmaputra beckons to the grand opening ceremony,” the CM tweeted.

The Brahmaputra river has been a symbol of inspiration and respect for the people of Assam since a very long time.

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