US president Barack Obama praises Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi for his leadership skills and vision to make ‘Digital India’ through the columns of Time magazine. Before this, Time magazine named Prime Minister, Narendra Modi among 100 most influential people in the world. Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, ICICI’s Chanda Kochar, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and psychiatrist Vikram Patel are other Indians or Indian origins who were named there in the list of most influential people in the world by Time.
“Determined to help more Indian follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern – a devotee of yoga who connects Indian citizens of Twitter and imagines a digital India”, wrote Obama.
In response to the 166-word plaudit made by US president Barack Obama, Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude using Twitter who is visiting neighboring country Canada.
“When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect”, added Obama.
It is the first time that US president has referred Narendra Modi by his first name. It is an indirect response to critics who attacked overboard Narendra Modi for repeatedly addressing US president by his first name ‘Barack’ during his India visit in January this year while Obama referred to him as Mr. Prime Minister.