Obama's gift to Modi - a rare book, with the Vivekananda touch

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 22:19 IST

During his Washington visit, President Barack Obama gifted Prime Minister Narendra Modi a rare book, The World's Congress: Religions at the World's Columbian Exposition- on the 1893 summit of world religions where Swami Vivekananda made a mark.

Revealing this on twitter, Modi said it was a gift he would cherish forever. The book is a 1200 page collection of the best papers and speeches at the gathering - including the Swami's speech, 'the Indian man who introduced Hinduism and yoga to the United States and spread a message of religious tolerance around the world', said a note accompanying the book. "This gift celebrates Swami Vivekananda's valuable contribution as a bridge between India and US and honors our two nations' shared traditions of pluralism and diversity'.

Modi tweeted pages which contained the Swami's paper, "Hinduism as a religion", and his picture.

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