New Zealand made headlines for being the first country to effectively curb community transmission of Coronavirus. The health officials of the country reported that there has been no new case in the country for the past 100 days now. Apart from this creditable achievement, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently paid a visit to the Radha Krishna temple in Auckland ahead of the country’s upcoming elections in September. Here’s a video from her visit which is going viral on social media:
Prime Minister of New Zealand @jacindaardern visited Radha Krishna Hindu Temple on Aug 6. Indian envoy @MukteshPardeshi was also present on the occasion. She had an Indian vegetarian meal of Puri, Chhole & Dal. 5% Indians in NZ presently and Hindi is 4th largest spoken language. pic.twitter.com/WTccz4LlLd
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 8, 2020
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The video has clocked in over 113.8k views on Twitter, and over 12k likes and comments. PM Jacinda Ardern removed her shoes before entering the premises of the temple as per the Hindu traditions, and she even actively participated in the Arti ceremony. She can be seen interacting with officials and taking Prasada from the pandit conducting the prayers.
After the visit, PM Jacinda Ardern even tried some delicious Indian food. The meal she was served was a regular vegetarian fare comprising Chole, Dal and Puri. There was also some fried rice papad for her to savour with her meal. Take a look at the pictures of her visit shared by Muktesh Pardeshi, the Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand.
Some precious moments with Hon. PM of New Zealand @jacindaardern at @indiannewslink event on 6 Aug 2020. She paid a short visit to Radha Krishna Mandir and enjoyed a simple Indian vegetarian meal- Puri, Chhole and Daal. ???? pic.twitter.com/Adn25UE1cO
— Muktesh Pardeshi (@MukteshPardeshi) August 8, 2020
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New Zealand has a population of 5 million people, out of which 5% are Indians. Hindi is also the fourth most-spoken language in the country. We hope to see more such global leaders trying out simple Indian food and sharing our love for it!
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