A post, claiming that Biden invited India’s neighbouring countries to the US Presidential inauguration but India was not invited to the event, is doing the rounds on social media.
The text in the post reads, “USA में बाइडेन की शपथ ग्रहण मे भारत के सभी पड़ौसी देशों को निमंत्रण मिला! लेकिन भारत को नहीं मिला मोंदी है तो मुमकिन है”.
(Translation- Biden invited all neighbouring countries of India! But India did not get an invitation to the US Presidential Inauguration.)
The above post can be seen here.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.
With the help of keyword search, we found that Ambassador of India to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, attended Biden’s oath-taking ceremony. The Embassy of India in Washington tweeted the pictures of Sandhu at the US Capitol.
Ambassador @SandhuTaranjitS at the Capitol to attend 59th Presidential Inauguration – Oath of Office Ceremony of US President-elect Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/8eRZ4IB71q
— India in USA (@IndianEmbassyUS) January 20, 2021
Many news organisations also reported about Sandhu’s presence at the inauguration ceremony held at the Capitol.
According to media reports, heads of nations or foreign leaders are not traditionally invited on this occasion.
The report mentions that foreign heads are not invited to the inaugurations due to enormous crowds and security concerns.
Coronavirus pandemic and the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has forced the organisers to discourage foreign leaders from attending the ceremony.
Hence, from the above investigation, it is clear that the claim that India was not invited for Biden’s presidential inauguration ceremony is false. India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu was invited to the inauguration and he did attend the ceremony.
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