Large crowd greets President Patil on arrival in Brazil

April 14th, 2008 - 11:49 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil
(President’s Tour Diary)
By Liz Mathew
Sao Paulo, April 14 (IANS) Although the Indian community in Sao Paulo, the commercial capital of Brazil, is not very large, an unprecedented crowd had gathered to welcome President Pratibha Patil and be photographed with her when she arrived here Sunday on the first leg of her three-nation Latin American tour. Many were excited to meet the first woman president of India. After Patil’s short speech, there was a long queue of people wanting to have their photographs taken with her. Patil, wearing a silk sari, happily obliged.

“I wanted to see the first woman president of India. We felt very proud that she chose our place as her first destination,” said Urmi, an Indian homemaker.

Hardeep Singh Puri, India

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