India indicates Modi's 'dietary preferences', US takes note

In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Navratri' fasts to be observed during his US 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.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 19:40 PM IST

New Delhi: In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Navratri' fasts to be observed during his US 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 today.

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 US 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 US.