After spending another busy year in office, President Pranab Mukherjee had a packed day to mark the completion of second year in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Mukherjee dedicated the Rashtrapati Bhavan (RB) Museum to the nation in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I am sure this museum will enable the people obtain an inside view of the Bhavan, its art, architecture and vibrant community as well as educate them on the lives of Presidents".
President Pranab Mukherjee kicks a football as HRD Minister Smriti Irani looks on during inauguration of various facilities at the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at Rashtrapati Bhavan (PTI Photo)
In another star-studded programme, Mukherjee received the first copies of three books. Apart from Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh, home minister Rajnath Singh and other minister came for the function.
PM Modi, taking about the book on birds, reminded the audience that while the Garuda Purana showed how human values could be gained by taking inspiration from birds, "the episode of Jataayu in the Ramayana inspires us to fight against terrorism."
He later inaugurated a Knowledge Hub in school within RB, 16 serviced apartments for in-residence programmes, launched a mobile application for RB, a new design for the President's website and a video film on key events of his second year of the Presidency.
Mukherjee threw a banquet for the VVIPs in the evening.
President Pranab Mukherjee speaks as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh and home minister Rajnath Singh clap during the inauguration of the newly created museum at Rashtrapati Bhavan (PTI Photo)
President Pranab Mukherjee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh inaugurating the newly created museum at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI Photo)