The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, addressed the Indian community in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday and this meet aimed at renewing the engagements with the country. A statement which was issued after their meeting stated that "The two leaders, PM Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting at
Merdeka Palace, reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including cross-border terrorism and terror-related incidents in Indonesia and India and affirmed that perpetrators of these heinous acts must be brought to justice. Both leaders also affirmed that terrorism should not be associated
with any religion, creed, nationality and ethnicity & quot;
But what caught our attention was when Modi mentioned about BALI JATRA in his talks! Yes, you heared that right. PM Modi, on Wednesday mentioned about Odisha’s Bali Jatra, an annual trade and commerce fair which is held every year on the banks of Mahanadi river in Cuttack.
Modi said, “Both India and Indonesia have rich cultural links which was depicted during the parade on the occasion of Republic Day, this year. Odisha’s festival Bali Jatra was represented in a tableau of ASEAN-India relationship at the parade. This annual festival is an example of the fact that the thousand-year old cultural relationship between the two countries is still alive”. He gave this as an example to depict the similarity in the culture of the two countries as Bali Jatra marks the auspicious day when ancient mariners from Odisha used to start sailing for Indonesian islands for the cultural expansion.
After hearing to Modi’s speech, BJP spokesperson Pitambar Acharya said,“Prime Minister’s mention about Odisha and the historic Bali Jatra of Cuttack in his Jakarta speech has brought laurels to the State. It shows Modi’s concern and love for Odisha and its people”.