President Draupadi Murmu hosted her first “at home” reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the country’s 76th Independence Day after taking the top constitutional post last month. Indian, Italian and Turkish cuisines were offered to guests at the “At Home” reception, which was attended by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of the Cabinet.
The delicious menu included Gujarati cuisines like coconut khandvi, handvo and fafda. The menu also included dishes like palak patta, tarbooz ki chaat, kabuli chana tikki and avocado chutney, ANI reported.
For dessert, there was Italian panna cotta in the colors of the Indian flag. Shahi aloo matar samosa, baklava and pista and fennel lancha were other items on the menu.
Moroccan spearmint tea and coffee with roasted cloves and watermelon juice were served to the dignitaries as drinks. Participants were also treated to gulab jamun.
The function began with the traditional rendition of the national anthem, after which the president greeted the dignitaries.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda, Human Resource Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP Chairman JP Nadda, Prime Minister Principal Secretary PK Mishra and envoys from various countries also attended the function.
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Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena attended the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not present. Former Vice President Hamid Ansari was also present. Among the opposition parties, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury was the only one present at the reception.
In her maiden address to the nation on the eve of the 76th Independence Day, President Murmu spoke of India’s vibrant democracy, the success of Covid-19 vaccines, Atmanirbhar Bharat and the growth of the country’s economy after the pandemic.
She also said that India has helped the world discover the true potential of democracy and that the key word for the country today is compassion for the oppressed, needy and marginalized.
(With agency contributions)