Chandrika calls on Baba


[ TUESDAY, APRIL 08, 2003 12:05:06 AM ]


BANGALORE/CHENNAI: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga called on Sri Sathya Sai Baba, at Brindavan — his Whitefield residence — on Monday enroute to Delhi.


Chandrika spent 45 minutes in a personal interview with Baba along with Lakshman Kadirgamar, her advisor on foreign affairs. The visit was described as a personal call. While at Brindavan, she enquired about the charitable hospitals and educational institutions being run by Baba and evinced a keen interest in them. Sources at the ashram said the Chandrika was extremely touched by the visit and left visibly moved.


She said that she had been meeting a large number of Sri Lankan devotees over the years and felt her visit to Baba was long due. She expressed her appreciation and thanked them for the hospitality. Incidentally, her mother, Sirimavo Bhandaranayike, the former president too had called on Baba in 1996. The security was tight at the ashram in view of the Sri Lankan president’s visit. The police, however, ensured the regular devotees were not inconvenienced.


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Chandrika to have darshan of Sai Baba


BANGALORE: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga arrived here from Chennai on Monday on a day's visit to the city.

Karnataka Information Technology Minister D B Inamdar and top officials received her at the airport.

Kumaratunga would have a darshan of Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Prashanti Nilayam in Whitefield and leave for Delhi in the night.

At New Delhi she would meet Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and other leaders and hold discussions on various issues including the ongoing peace initiative in her country to resolve the ethnic issue and the Iraq war.


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