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By Newsgram Staff Writer

During his visit to Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also pay a call to Swami Atmasthanad Maharaj, the current head monk of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission Order in Belur Math. The 97-year-old Maharaj has been unwell for quite some time now, and it is most likely that the PM would have to meet him at the hospital itself.

It is a known fact that Modi is a devout follower of the Mission and its ascetic ideals. The last time he had paid a visit to Swami Atmasthanad was in the year 2013.

When Modi led BJP through a whopping victory in the Lok Sabha elections last year, he had received an invitation from Swami Ji to visit Belur Math. Swami Atmasthanad had written in a letter to Modi, “I am eagerly looking forward to your visit to Belur Math as the Prime Minister of India. . .I am happy to learn that you have got a thumping majority. Sri Ramakrishna has given you the opportunity to serve the people of India irrespective of caste, creed and religion.”

The Prime Minister has often been criticized for being aligned towards Hindutva philosophy and discriminating other religions. His visit to Belur Math can be read as an attempt to move above this censure as the architectural design of the Ramakrishna Temple is famous for symphonizing the diversity of the Indian religions. The structure of the establishment, if seen from different spots, resembles that of a temple, a mosque and a church. The architectural designs of various religions have been the inspiration of the temple at Belur Math. For example, the main entrance sought inspiration from the Buddhist style of architecture whereas the structure over it is based on the building style of Hindu temples. The ground plan is in the shape of the Christian Cross, while the windows and the balconies emanate from the Hindu and Islamic style.

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PM Modi holds Swami Atmasthanad in high esteem and in the words of Subirananda Maharaj, Modi “treats him as his guru. When both of them were in Rajkot, Modi used to go to him to seek guidance”.

Even while taking his oath as the Prime Minister of India, according to a Times of India report, Narendra Modi kept a ‘’prasadi’ flower in his coat pocket, which came along the invitation letter sent by Swami Ji. Therefore, through this visit, he is keeping up his promise and paying homage to his guru while giving out a hint towards his belief in the unity of religions.

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)