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Darjeeling, a mini-India, says President Mukherjee

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President Pranab Mukherjee today described Darjeeling in West Bengal as a “mini India and not merely a simple geographic expression.”
 
“It is a great melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities. The people of Darjeeling have chosen to live together and work together," he said at a state reception hosted in his honour by West Bengal Governor at Chowrasta (the Mall) here.
 
“India is a country of 1.28 billion people, who speak more than 100 languages and 1,600 dialects. India is home to major religions and three major ethnic groups. All live under one rule, one Constitution, one flag and one system. India has always absorbed diverse influences and converted them into one mighty ocean of unity,” he added.
 
The President said the recent West Bengal Assembly elections demonstrated the strength of Indian democracy. 
 
He said he was touched by the warmth of reception received from the people of Darjeeling who had assembled despite the cold and rain. He was delighted to be in Darjeeling not as a guest, but one among them.
 
The President was felicitated on the occasion by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Chief Executive of Gorkha Territorial Administration Bimal Gurung, among others.
 
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