Here's who India Invited as Chief Guests for R-Day Over the Decade

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Here's who India Invited as Chief Guests for R-Day Over the Decade

G Plus News | January 26, 2020 12:10 hrs

GUWAHATI: Here’s a list of past chief guests invited by India for the Republic Day programme in Delhi since 2010:

Year

Guest

Country

2010   

President Lee Myung Bak      

South Korea    

 

2011

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia

2012

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra 

Thailand         

2013

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Bhutan

2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan

2015

President Barack Obama       

United States

2016

President François Hollande

France

2017

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

United Arab Emirates         

2018

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Prime Minister Hun Sen

President Joko Widodo

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith  

Prime Minister Najib Razak               

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte         

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha   

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc    

 

             

Brunei

Cambodia

Indonesia

Laos    

Malaysia

Myanmar

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam                                 

2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa   

South Africa

2020

President Jair Bolsonaro        

Brazil

This year prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the invitation to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be the chief guest for India’s 71st Republic Day function which was accepted by the latter. He will be the third Brazilian President to attend the R-Day celebrations in India.   

As per reports, Bolsonaro will be accompanied by seven ministers, the chairman of Brazil-India Friendship Group in Brazilian Parliament, as well as senior officials and a large business delegation.

“India and Brazil share a close and multifaceted relationship. Our bilateral relations are based on a common global vision, shared democratic values, and a commitment to foster economic growth of both countries. Bilateral relations were elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2006, heralding a new phase in India-Brazil relations. The relations are strong not only at the bilateral level, but also at plurilateral fora such as BRICS, IBSA, G-20 and in multilateral bodies particularly the UN," a statement from the Indian foreign ministry said.  

However, inviting Bolsonaro has raised a lot of eyebrows from activists in India as the Brazilian President has been infamous for his sexist, homophobic and misogynistic statements.

One of his most appalling statements was when he was a Congressman in 2014, he had told opposition's Maria do Rosario, “I wouldn't rape you because you're not worthy of it. Stay here and listen.”  

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