Modi’s diet in US: fruit, lime-water

For many years during Navratri Mr Modi has been observing a fast

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:47 pm IST

Published - September 23, 2014 07:04 pm IST - New Delhi

File picture shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi drinking green tea during a tea ceremony  in Tokyo.

File picture shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi drinking green tea during a tea ceremony in Tokyo.

In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Navratri’ fasts to be observed during his U.S. visit which includes a private dinner by President Barack Obama, India has indicated the “dietary preferences” to the host and the preparations are being done accordingly.

“It is normal diplomatic practice that when we discuss any engagement which may entail any meal or any other food... for the host to request and for the guest, that is the Indian side, to indicate what are the dietary preferences.

“And let me assure you that those dietary preferences have been indicated to the host and they have taken note of it and have prepared everything accordingly,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here on Tuesday.

According to sources, the 64-year-old Prime Minister has been keeping the fast for many years during Navratri and this year will be no exception.

He will be taking “fruits and lime-water” during his U.S. stay, which coincides with the festival in the honour of Goddess Durga this year, they said.

Navratri, derived from the ancient Sanskrit words ‘nine nights’, falls this year from September 25 to October 3.

However, PMO sources had already clarified that his fast won’t impact on any engagements he will have during his official visit to the U.S.

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