Friday, 26 January 2018

Wonderful to see 10 ASEAN (South East Asia) nation leaders being welcomed as Chief Guests for India's 69th Republic Day function

Wonderful to see Indian PM Narendra Modi, Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman, chiefs of Indian army, navy and air force, and others receive the 10 ASEAN nations' top leaders as the honoured guests of India's Republic Day celebrations this year.

This video clip has Hindi voice over and has a little bit of repetition of video footage towards the end of the clip:, 16 min. 9 secs.

The 10 ASEAN nations are: Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei. Here is a coloured map showing these countries and their neighbouring countries in South East Asia (Note that Myanmar is shown with its old name of Burma):

I thoroughly enjoyed watching our respected Asian countries' leaders being welcomed by PM Modi for our Republic Day celebrations. As an Indian citizen I thank the top leaders of these nations for gracing India's Republic Day celebrations with their august presence.

I think that for Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (Love) to flourish in today's early 21st century world, Asian countries should step up to take the lead in establishing these values in their countries and co-operate with each other in fostering these values in Asia and the world.

So even from a spiritual betterment of the world perspective, I think this event is a notable one as many rising power Asian nations have come together to celebrate almost seven decades of democracy in India which (Indian democracy) certainly has goals that align with the values of Sathya, Dharma, Shanti and Prema.

Screenshot pics of ASEAN country leaders being welcomed for India's Republic Day function

The screenshot pics below are courtesy this YoYo TV youtube video which may have been using Doordarshan (Indian govt. owned) TV feed [the video is now reported as "unavailable"], 14 min. 13 secs.

I enjoyed the process of taking the screenshots, even though the pics are hazy at times. Watching all these ASEAN country leaders celebrate India's Republic Day as its Chief Guests has made my day!

[To open pic in higher resolution, right-click on pic followed by open in new tab/window. In new tab/window you may have to click on pic to zoom in.]

Above pics: Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith being welcomed

Above pics: Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc being welcomed

Above pics: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi being welcomed

Above pics: Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha being welcomed

Above pics: Malaysia Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Razak being welcomed

Above pics: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong being welcomed

Above pics: Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen being welcomed

Above pics: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte being welcomed

Above pics: Indonesia President Joko Widodo being welcomed

Above pics: Brunei Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah being welcomed

Note that many of these countries' people have had millennia old ties with India (various Indian kingdoms on India's East Coast) and the Indian people. The contacts then were mostly over sea [See for details.]

It is great to see these ties being given a boost by this event in this early 21st century where the leaders of these South East Asian states were honoured as India's chief guests at its 69th anniversary celebration of establishment of democracy in free India under the newly created Constitution of India by Indians on Republic Day, 26th Jan. 1950.

Indian PM Modi's op-ed published in 27 newspapers in 10 ASEAN nations. Here's the Straits Times (Singapore) one: Shared values, common destiny,, Jan. 26th 2018.

A short extract from it is given below:

India-Asean partnership may be just 25 years old, but India's ties with South-east Asia stretch back more than two millennia.

Forged in peace and friendship, religion and culture, art and commerce, language and literature, these enduring links are now present in every facet of the magnificent diversity of India and South-east Asia, providing a unique envelope of comfort and familiarity between our people.
--- end extract from PM Modi article ---

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, who is currently holding the chair position of ASEAN, on ASEAN-India relationship: Revive a millennial partnership: Singapore has played a major role in India’s closer integration with Asean,, 25th Jan. 2018

An extract from it: "While we commemorate 25 years of Asean-India relations, India’s ties with southeast Asia date back more than 2,000 years. Ancient trade between India and countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand is well-documented. Southeast Asian cultures, traditions and languages have been profoundly influenced by these early linkages. We see Indic Hindu-Buddhist influences in historical sites such as the Angkor Temple Complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia, the Borobudor and Prambanan temples near Yogyakarta in Indonesia, and the ancient candis in Kedah in Malaysia. The Ramayana is embedded in many southeast Asian cultures, including in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand. Singapore’s Malay name is Singapura, derived from Sanskrit and meaning ‘lion city’."

The pics below are related to yesterday's event (25th Jan. 2018) of 25 years celebration of India-ASEAN ties.

Rashtrapati Ji, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Ji and I with ASEAN leaders. [Ravi: President of India, Vice-President of India, PM and ASEAN leaders]

Above pic and text courtesy:

ASEAN and India celebrate 25 years of a strong partnership that has [benefited] the entire world. We seek to expand this cooperation in the years to come.

Above pic and text courtesy:

[I thank all the sources mentioned above, and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing their pics/screenshots and short text extracts, on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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