New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met members of the Indian mountaineering team that scaled Mount Everest for the first time 50 years ago.
Congratulating the surviving members of the team for their historic feat, the prime minister also met the next of kin of the deceased members of the team, said a release here.
"Captain M.S. Kohli, Col. N Kumar, Gurdial Singh, Major HPS Ahluwalia, C.P. Vohra, Sonam Wangyal, G.S. Bhangu, Mulk Raj, and Lala Telang are the nine surviving members, who called on the prime minister today (Wednesday)," it said.
"The prime minister congratulated them for their historic achievement, and recalled that he too was one of the crores of Indians who had been greatly inspired by their feat 50 years ago," the release said.
Modi also released the book - "The Great Himalayan Climb" on this occasion.