AMN / AHMEDABAD
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday took part in a cultural road show in Ahmedabad today. Both leaders also visited heritage site-Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali at old Mosque.
Prime Minister Modi accompanied by Mr Abe also reached the 500-year-old Siddi Saiyad Mosque situated near Lal Darwaja built by the erstwhile Sultanate of Gujarat. PM Modi guided his guests and showed them the popular Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali, an excellent model of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The intricately carved stone window is part of a great attraction of the historic masjid. The site is known for its stone lattice work.
Mr Modi’s visit to Mosque premises is significant as he has been enjoying quite a unique relationship with Muslims especially in view of the now infamous 2002 mayhem in the state. It may be mentioned in 2011, during his famous Sadbhavna Fast, Mr Modi had declined to put on a Muslim skull-cap.
The 8 kilometer route of the road show pased through Sabarmati Riverfront. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has erected 28 small stages where cultural troupes from 28 different states will perform their traditional dances.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad this afterneen on a two-day visit to India. Both the leaders will also take part in 12th India-Japan annual summit to be held tomorrow at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.
According to official sources, this is for the first time in the country that the host prime minister along with the prime minister of another country are doing a joint road show.
After visiting the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, both leaders also visited heritage site-Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali at old Mosque. The site is known for its stone lattice work.
Later in the evening, Mr Modi and Mr Abe also held bilateral talks at Heritage Hotel in Ahmedabad which was followed by dinner. Both leaders will also attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project Thursday.