Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the Aga Khan, will arrive India on 20th February on an 11-day visit, during which he will hold talks with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. He is visiting India on an invitation of the vice president. The Aga Khan is the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. During his stay from February 20 to March 2, the Aga Khan will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative is a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Aga Khan Foundation, Central Public Works Department, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Archaeological Survey of India. In addition to these engagements, the Aga Khan will be visiting Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Mumbai, where AKDN is involved in various development projects. Hussaini was conferred Padma Vibhushan by the then president Pranab Mukherjee for his contributions to social development in India during his previous visit to the country in 2015.