• Short Summary

    INDIA'S NEW PRESIDENT, MR VENTAGIRI, WAS SWORN IN YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN NEW DELHI.

  • Description

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    GV GIRI & ULLAH IN OPEN CARRIAGE TO PARLIAMENT HOUSE (NATSOF)
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    2.
    SV DITTO
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    3.
    SV GUARD OF HONOUR
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    GV PARLIAMENT HOUSE (NATSOF ENDS)
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    SILENT


    5.
    GV MP'S, PRINCIPALS ON ROSTRUM
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    6.
    MV MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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    7.
    CU TWO MEMBERS
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    8.
    MV PAN MORE MEMBERS
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    9.
    CU SPANISH AMBASSADOR
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    10.
    CU CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE GUEST
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    11.
    CU NIGERIAN GUEST
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    12.
    CU GHANAIAN GUEST
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    CU MRS GIRI
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    14.
    SCU MR GIRI EXCHANGES SEATS WITH ULLAH (NATSOF)
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    15.
    MV MRS GANDHI
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    MR GIRI (SOF)
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    TRANSCRIPT: GIRI: "I ASSUME THIS HIGH OFFICE TODAY IN A SPIRIT OF HUMILITY AND DEDICATION. I AM OVERWHELMED BY THE SPONTANEOUS AFFECTION SHOWN TO ME BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OUR PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO CAME TO GREET ME IN THE LAST FOUR DAYS. THEY HAVE HELD MY ELECTION AS THEIR OWN VICTORY. I EXPRESS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THEM AND TO THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE STATES AND IN PARLIAMENT WHO HAVE BESTOWED THIS HONOUR ON ME. I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO JUSTIFY THIS TRUST IN FULL MEASURE. (APPLAUSE) MY THREE ILLUSTRIOUS PREDECESSORS HAVE BEEN MEN OF INTELLECTUAL EMINENCE AND ERUDITION. I HAVE NO SUCH CLAIM TO MAKE. I AM ONLY A COMMON MAN. HAVING SPENT A MAJOR PART OF MY LIFE AS AN ACTUAL PARTICIPANT IN THE WORKING-CLASS MOVEMENT, AND IN THE SERVICE OF THE UNDERPRIVILEGED SECTIONS OF OUR SOCIETY. (APPLAUSE) (INDISTINCT)... AND IN TRAINING, THEREFORE, I AM FIRST AND FOREMOST A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE."




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    Background: INDIA'S NEW PRESIDENT, MR VENTAGIRI, WAS SWORN IN YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN NEW DELHI. DESPITE EARLY-MORNING DRIZZLE, THOUSANDS GATHERED TO CHEER AS HE DROVE IN STATE FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN AN OPEN CARRIAGE DRAWN BY EIGHT HORSES.

    WITH MR GIRI IN THE STATE CARRIAGE WAS ACTING PRESIDENT HIDAYAI ULLAH, WHO LATER CEREMONIOUSLY EXCHANGED SEATS WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT. THEY WERE ESCORTED BY LANCERS ON HORSEBACK, AND 2,000 MEN OF THE ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE LINED THE ROUTE. A 31-GUN SALUTE ECHOED ACROSS THE CAPITAL TO PROCLAIM THAT THE NEW PRESIDENT HAD TAKEN OFFICE.

    AMONG THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND FOREIGN DIPLOMATS AT THE CEREMONY WAS PRIME MINISTER MRS INDIRA GANDHI, FOR WHO, THE ELECTION OF MR GIRI IS A PERSONAL SUCCESS. SHE SUPPORTED HIM AS A INDEPENDENT AGAINST THE OFFICIAL CONGRESS PARTY CANDIDATE, MR SANJIVA REDDY. THE ELECTION WAS HELD ON 16 AUGUST AND THE RESULT DECLARED ON WEDNESDAY (20 AUGUST.)
    MR GIRI WAS APPLAUDED LOUDLY AS HE MADE HIS FIRST PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADO4QW4YV0VACUSZ1Z4XG3WGVU
    Media URN:
    VLVADO4QW4YV0VACUSZ1Z4XG3WGVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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