Suriname’s Indian-Origin President Takes Oath In Sanskrit Holding Vedas In Hand, Twitter is Amazed | Watch
Notably, Santokhi has become the ninth president of the South American country after replacing Desi Bouterse from the top post.
In a moment of pride for Indians, Suriname’s newly-elected President, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, amazed everyone after he took the oath of office in Sanskrit while holding Vedas during the inauguration ceremony on July 16.
The incident came to light after Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the same in his monthly “Mann ki Baat” radio address on Sunday.
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Notably, Santokhi has become the ninth president of the South American country after replacing Desi Bouterse from the top post. During the oath-taking ceremony, Santokhi repeated the Sanskrit verses chanted by the priest.
Watch the video here:
South American country Suriname’s President Chandrikapersad ‘Chan’ Santokhi takes oath in Sanskrit on July 16.
He is an Indian-origin and his party Progressive Reform Party won 20 of the 52 seats in National Assembly. @IndEmbSur @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/eKAbPyQ9oS
— Anish Singh (@anishsingh21) July 24, 2020
Soon after, the video went viral with Indians being amazed to watch a foreign leader take oath in Sanskrit.
President of #Suriname ChandrikaPersad Santokhi of Indian origin assumed Office amidst #Sanskrit chants. Three days ago.
A Hindu in name & practice. pic.twitter.com/wpRyYT7EII
— Straight Talk (@sttalkindia) July 19, 2020
Here in India .nobody takes oath using Vedas
Thank god he lives is Suriname .better country .
— Fullmetal hindu (@Rahuhans123) July 26, 2020
On Sunday, PM Modi also congratulated the newly elected president and said, “India has a very close relationship with ‘Suriname’. More than a hundred years ago, people from India went there, and made it their home. Today, the fourth or fifth generation is there. Today in Suriname more than one-fourth of the people are of Indian origin. Do you know? ‘Sarnami’ one of the common languages there is a dialect of Bhojpuri. We Indians feel very proud of these cultural relations.”
Santokhi was born on February 3, 1959, and grew up in the countryside as the youngest in a family of nine children. He studied at the Police Academy of the Netherlands in Apeldoorn for four years and returned to Suriname in September 1982 to work for the police. In 1991, Santokhi was appointed chief commissioner of police.
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