Vice President Releases the Book “The Indian Parliament – A Critical Appraisal”


The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari addressing after releasing the book titled ‘Indian Parliament a Critical Appraisal’ edited by Prof. Sudha Pai and Dr. Avinash Kumar, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015. 


Vice President Releases the Book “The Indian Parliament – A Critical Appraisal” 


The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari releasing the book titled ‘Indian Parliament a Critical Appraisal’ edited by Prof. Sudha Pai and Dr. Avinash Kumar, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015. 

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a book entitled “The Indian Parliament – A Critical Apprisal” edited by Prof. Sudha Pai and Shri Avinash Kumar of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi at a function here today. Addressing on the occasion, the Vice President said that the book is very timely and both qualitative and quantitative analysis of Parliamentary Democracy has been done in this book. He opined that this book should not be confined in University libraries and the authors should bring out it in Hindi language also for a wider reach. 


The book examines the credibility and legitimacy of the Indian Parliament, scrutinizing various aspects of its functioning. 

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The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari addressing at the inauguration of the NCC Republic Day Camp 2015, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015.

Vice President Inaugurates NCC Republic Day Camp 

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has commended the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for its efforts to raise awareness on issues such as AIDS, Adult education, Leprosy, Drugs, Dowry, Tobacco Abuse, Vigilance and Corruption. These are social ills which have to be eradicated for the good of our people. Addressing after inaugurating “NCC Republic Day Camp” at the Garrison Parade Grounds, Delhi Cantonment today, he said that the NCC sets a shining example of national integration and communal harmony. It has discharged its responsibilities towards the nation with honesty and dedication. The cadets, who have been specially selected to represent various states of our Union, are the pillars of the Corps.

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari inspecting the flag area after inaugurating the NCC Republic Day Camp 2015, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015.

He opined that National Cadet Corps brings together young men and women from different parts of our country. They are motivated and trained into becoming responsible and disciplined citizens of tomorrow. Their period with the NCC promotes a spirit of unity, camaraderie, teamwork and discipline amongst them. These go a long way in building a harmonious and creative society.



The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari inspecting the guard of honour at the inauguration of the NCC Republic Day Camp 2015, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015.

The Vice President said that every society has fault lines based on social, economic and political differences. These generate tensions at times. We are no exception. We still face challenges of poverty and under-development on one hand and communalism, casteism, linguistic and regional chauvinism on the other. The duty of a good citizen is to remain true to the constitutional principles of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all.

He complimented the NCC for fostering the spirit of adventure amongst the youth. The planned summit to Mount Everest by NCC Girl Cadets in 2016 is a step in this direction. He also congratulated them  on the success of the NCC National Games held in October 2014.

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari unfurling the NCC Flag at the inauguration of the NCC Republic Day Camp 2015, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015.

Earlier the Vice President inspected the Guard of Honour and witnessed Band Display by NCC cadets and also visited the Flag Area.


Following is the text of Vice President’s address :



“I am happy to be here today to inaugurate the Republic Day Camp of the National Cadet Corps. I extend my greetings and good wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

The National Cadet Corps brings together young men and women from different parts of our country. They are motivated and trained into becoming responsible and disciplined citizens of tomorrow. Their period with the NCC promotes a spirit of unity, camaraderie, teamwork and discipline amongst them. These go a long way in building a harmonious and creative society.

The Republic Day Camp will be a memorable experience for you. It will give you an opportunity to meet and interact with cadets from different regions of our land. You will forge bonds of friendship and it will make you understand better the ‘unity in diversity’ of our country.

Every society has fault lines based on social, economic and political differences. These generate tensions at times. We are no exception. We still face challenges of poverty and under-development on one hand and communalism, casteism, linguistic and regional chauvinism on the other. The duty of a good citizen is to remain true to the constitutional principles of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all.

I would urge you to protect and promote our pluralism which has given us a unique, composite national identity that is a source of envy for the rest of the world. Your tenure in the NCC should help you reinforce its foundations.

I commend the NCC for its efforts to raise awareness on such issues as AIDS, Adult education, Leprosy, Drugs, Dowry, Tobacco Abuse, Vigilance and Corruption. These are social ills which have to be eradicated for the good of our people.

The National Cadet Corps sets a shining example of national integration and communal harmony. It has discharged its responsibilities towards the nation with honesty and dedication. You the cadets, who have been specially selected to represent various states of our Union, are the pillars of the Corps.

I am confident that during this camp you will imbibe the virtues of professional excellence, discipline, team work and above all a deep commitment to selfless service of society and the country. By doing so, you would make yourselves better human beings and at the same time inspire many more to follow.

I compliment the NCC for fostering the spirit of adventure amongst the youth. The planned summit to Mount Everest by NCC Girl Cadets in 2016 is a step in this direction. I also congratulate you on the success of the NCC National Games held in October 2014.

Jai Hind.”

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The Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation (I/C), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh addressing at the Plenary Session III of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.


PM's bilateral meetings on the sidelines of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met the President of Guyana Donald R Ramotar, on the sidelines of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar. The Prime Minister recalled his interaction with South American leaders on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in 2014, and said India would set up its first IT Centre of Excellence on the South American continent, in Guyana. 

The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma addressing at the second session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

India has approved a new Line of Credit of USD 50 million for the East Bank Demerara -East Coast Road Link Project. India has also agreed to concessional credit to supply a passenger ferry to help Guyana overcome transportation problems in the northern region. 

The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh addressing at the second session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

During his meeting with the Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius, Showkatally Soodhun, the Prime Minister congratulated the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth on his recent election victory and renewed an invitation to him to visit India. Sir Anerood Jugnauth has also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Mauritius. Both sides expressed keenness to enhance cooperation in infrastructure projects and matters related to ocean economy. 

The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy addressing at the second session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

During his meeting with Mrs. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Foreign Minister of South Africa, recalled that today was the Founding Day of the African National Congress. He also recalled the common heritage of the two countries, including struggle against colonial rule. Both sides are keen to deepen cooperation in sectors such as infrastructure and defence manufacturing; and to strengthen partnerships in multilateral fora. 

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PM's address at the Inauguration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
PM calls upon the Indian diaspora across the world to unite as a positive global force in the cause of humanity


The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Sushri Uma Bharti addressing at the second session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon the Indian diaspora across the world to unite as a positive global force in the cause of humanity. In his inaugural address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, the Prime Minister recalled that exactly 100 years ago, a Non Resident Indian - Gandhi - had returned to India to serve the people. Today, he said, he was welcoming NRIs from across the world as a Non Resident Gujarati. 

The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu introductory address at the second session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

The Prime Minister said NRIs are present across the world, in more than 200 countries. "India is global because of you," he told the gathering. He said that in the past, Indians had travelled across the world in search of opportunity, or to gain knowledge and exposure. "Today, opportunities beckon you in India," he asserted, adding that today, the world looks at India with hope. He said times are changing quickly, and India is rising with great strength. 

The Prime Minister exhorted the Indian diaspora to contribute to India`s success in any way possible, including knowledge, expertise or skills. The Prime Minister mentioned in particular, the Namaami Gange project to clean the River Ganga, and make it a source of economic empowerment for 40 percent of India`s population. He said he was sure all NRIs would be inspired to contribute to this cause. 

The Prime Minister welcomed the dignitaries from Guyana, South Africa and Mauritius. He recalled how Indian festivals such as Holi and Diwali are enthusiastically celebrated in Guyana. He recalled that today - January 8th - was the founding day of the African National Congress in South Africa. He mentioned that Mahatma Gandhi`s birth anniversary - October 2 - is observed in Mauritius with even greater vigour than it is observed in India. 

The Prime Minister called upon NRIs across the world to forge and take pride in a common identity and heritage, and to use this strength collectively. He said even if a solitary NRI is present anywhere in the world, India is alive and present in that corner of the world through him. 

The Prime Minister said he had met representatives of 50 countries since assuming office, and he could say with confidence that rich or poor, all nations across the world, today feel that their goals and objectives can be met in partnership with India. He said this was a rare opportunity, and it was now upto everyone to use this opportunity for the benefit of humanity, and for India`s benefit. 

The Prime Minister said the world was showering affection on India, as was evident from the fact that a record 177 nations out of 193, had co-sponsored India`s resolution on International Day of Yoga at the United Nations. 

The Prime Minister said he firmly believes that NRIs are a big strength of India, and India can make a global impact by reaching out to them. The Prime Minister said he was happy to announce that he had fulfilled all promises made to NRIs, such as lifelong visa for PIO cardholders, merging of PIO and OCI schemes, visa on arrival for 43 countries, and electronic travel authorization. 

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasing the special postage stamp and coin to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's homecoming, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Return 

A set of two Commemorative Postage stamps on 100 YEARS OF MAHATMA GANDHI’S RETURN was released by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations (today) on 8th January, 2015 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasing the special postage stamp and coin to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's homecoming, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.

2. Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology has brought out this set of two stamps and a miniature sheet on 100 YEARS OF MAHATMA GANDHI’S RETURN from South Africa to commemorate an important milestone not only in the life of Mahatma Gandhi, but also in the history of India. 

3. Mahatma Gandhi arrived in South Africa at a young age of 24 years as the legal counsel of Indian traders based in the city of Pretoria. He spent more than two decades in South Africa, where he developed the concept of Satyagraha while fighting against the gross injustice, discrimination and racism prevailing there. 

4. Gandhiji returned to India with a formidable reputation to lead the Indian masses struggling for freedom from colonial domination through civil disobedience and non-violence, which proved to be highly effective moral weapon in the India’s struggle for Independence. 

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Vice President Inaugurates DG NCC Republic Day Camp 2015 

Vice President of India Mohd Hamid Ansari has urged the NCC cadets to protect and promote pluralism in our society which has given a unique, composite national identity that is a source of envy for the rest of the world. Inaugurating the NCC Republic Day Camp – 2015, here today, he said the National Cadet Corps sets a shining example of national integration and communal harmony. He said every society has fault lines based on social, economic and political differences and we are no exception. We are still facing challenges of poverty and underdevelopment on one hand and communalism, casteism, linguistic and regional chauvinism on the other, he added. The Vice President said that the duty of a good citizen is to remain true to the constitutional principles of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all. 

The Vice President complimented the efforts of National Cadet Corps, the largest uniformed organization in grooming the youth of the country and its contribution towards “Nation Building’. He also mentioned that NCC is and would be in the vanguard of all activities of our youth helping to channelise into a creative force to usher in social changes through spectrum of activities that are a powerful instrument for spreading awareness in society at the grass root level. He also appreciated the impressive turnout of the ‘Guard of Honour’. The Vice President urged the NCC cadets to avail the best of NCC training and be more responsible and empowered citizens of the country. 

A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings of Army, Navy and Air Force, presented a “Guard of Honour” to the Vice President on his arrival. This was followed by NCC cadets from Birla BalikaVidyapeeth,Pilani and Sainik School,Kapurthala presenting a Band Display. The Vice President also visited the Flag Area where he was briefed by the young cadets about their respective States and he appreciated various social themes displayed in the Flag Areas prepared by them. 

Earlier, on his arrival, the Vice President was received by the Director General, Lt Gen AniruddhaChakravarty.2070 Cadets including 707 girl cadets drawn from 17 NCC Directorates covering all the States and Union Territories of the country are participating in this camp that culminates into the PM’s Rally on 28 January 2015. The cadets attending the camp will be participating in a number of activities, like cultural programme, National Integration Awareness and Institutional Training Competitions. 
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