The last engagement in the crowded programme of Indian President, Dr. Rajondra Prasad, who paid?
The last engagement in the crowded programme of Indian President, Dr. Rajondra Prasad, who paid a ten-day state visit to Indonesia, was a mass meeting in Djakarta.
Speaking at the India-Indonesia mass rally held at the square in front of the Merdeka Palace in Djakarta, President Prasad called for nuclear disarmament. Dr. Prasad said the cessation of nuclear weapon tests by one country would virtually have its impact on other nations.
President Soekarno emphasised the unity of human beings throughout the world. "Why should there be a war or hostility between men?" asked the President.
He said that "all mankind wished to be free and undisturbed and able to lead an independent life free from foreign domination".
Hundreds of thousands of people listened intently to the two Presidents speaking from a special platform raised in front of the palace and decorated with Indian and Indonesian flags and colours.
People came from different parts of the city carrying flags of the two countries and banners emphasising Indian-Indonesian friendship. They also carried large portraits of President Prasad and President Soekarno.
As the meeting opened, balloons in the colours of Indian and Indonesian flags were released symbolising the friendship of the two countries. School children sang national anthems as they waited for the two Presidents to emerge and the meeting to commence.
At one stage, the crowd became so uncontrollable that the military police on duty had a rough time keeping them in position.