Modi receiving a large bouquet from a small child

PM of India Requests Books Over Bouquets

According to, The Ministry of Home Affairs informed the states that “no bouquet may be presented to the Prime Minister during his tours within India.” Instead, he would like only a single flower along with either a hand-woven handkerchief or a book.


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Speaking on the radio last month, Prime Minister Modi stated “The life span of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family.”


Last month on PN Panicker Reading Day, Modi said “I believe that reading and knowledge should not be limited only to work related aspects. It should help develop habits of social responsibility, service to the nation and service to humanity. It should cure the evils in society and nation. It should spread the idea of peace along with respect for unity and integrity of the nation,” Modi had said.


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