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Grand audience made Modi's swearing-in spectacular event

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 27, 2014 02:38 IST
  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi is called up to take the oath of office to be sworn in as India's Prime Minister as his future cabinet ministers applaud ...

  • Pranab Mukherjee

    President Pranab Mukherjee greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi after administering him the oath at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. (PTI photo)

  • Modi at Rajghat

    Narendra Modi pays tributes at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial ahead of his swearing-in as the 14th prime minister of India at the Rajghat. (EPA photo)

  • Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at AFS Palam to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in New Delhi on Monday. ...

  • Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at AFS Palam to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister,  in New Delhi on Monday. ...

  • Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrives at AFS Palam to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI ...

  • Sushil Koirala

    Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal  arrives at Ceremonial Lounge at  IGI Airport, Terminal-3 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister ...

  • Navin Ramgoolam

    Navin Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius  arrives at Ceremonial Lounge at  IGI Airport, Terminal-3 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister ...

  • Narendra Modi meets with people after pays his respects at the Rajghat.

    Narendra Modi meets with people after pays his respects at the Rajghat. (PTI photo)

  • Narendra Modi, prays at Rajghat

    Narendra Modi, prays at Rajghat, after he pays tributes at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial ahead of his swearing-in as the 14th prime minister of India at ...

The setting was majestic – in the heart of New Delhi, in the precincts of the complex that embodies the essence of the Indian Republic, Rashtrapati Bhawan. The timing was perfect too – as the sun set, the past was left behind and a new regime took over.

But it was the grand audience, which made Narendra Modi’s swearing-in an unprecedented event. Never has the audience been as large or as mixed – with supporters at the heart of the Modi campaign, adversaries, and representatives from South Asian neighbours.

From Kumar Mangalam Birla to Mukesh and Anil Ambani, from Gautam Adani to Sunil Mittal, from Pawan Munjal to Hari Bhartia, corporate India was represented in full strength. The PM has made it clear that the economy would be his primary aim, and India Inc expects to be a partner in the journey. But along side, sat key RSS and VHP leaders, indicating the diverse sources of support the PM would have to manage.

The opposition was represented by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, revealing that despite a bitter poll campaign, India’s political parties have the maturity to accept democratic traditions. The audience also had erstwhile Modi critics from the media and civil society.

The presence of South Asian leaders reflected a rare moment of democratic convergence in the region. And late at night, Modi tweeted that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif told him that his mother got “emotional” after seeing visuals on TV of Modi’s mother feeding her son sweets.

The star of the day was clearly Modi. In a sign that he will continue to reach out to the citizens, as Modi took oath, the official website of the Prime Minister of India made a switch immediately, with a message from India’s new PM.

 

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