BFFs are here to stay: Modi's medley with international, desi friends
For someone who lacked political acumen, both when he became the
A humble chaiwallah to begin with, Modi looks like a village belle who strode into the fashion circuit simply out of the winning looks she had. Sure, he has the suaveness to charm the international leaders with his planning, talks, focused discussions and of course the ‘special connection’ he shares with their country.
A year is fast over since his astounding victory where he and his party literally waltzed into the power corridors of New Delhi. Modi, a man with sharp eye, always knew India had a winning formula in its relations with its neighbours, and also the neighbours’ neighbours. Indeed!
Whether it is his visits abroad, or him having to host his international guests on home turf, Modi has a way of forging some long-term relationships with countries and their premiers, Chancellors, Prime Ministers and Presidents. This is one huge step towards his dream of becoming the ‘statesman’ and forge a strong foothold for India to stride from a developing country to the one that can be called the ‘super power’.
His ‘friends’ list is getting robust and all those who were already on the ‘friends’ list, have now moved on to become ‘best friends’ or BFFs (Best
Let’s take a look at the ‘assets’ Modi has made in the last one year, internationally.
Barack Obama: The match made in heaven
Obama called Modi India’s reformer. And the latter called the former ‘Barack, my best friend’. The bonhomie was for everyone to see with both visiting each other’s countries and providing ample fodder for the media in their respective countries. While Obama’s informal mannerisms warmed the cockles of the
Though US has been a natural ally for India, it isn’t the only bilateral relation India has been banking on.
Obama even wrote a profile of Modi in Time magazine. Quite a strong bond this!
Shinzo Abe: Men of the same feather
Xi Jinping: The ‘plus’ friendship
Modi described his friendship with Jinping as a ‘plus’ one. And this surely surpasses the normal ‘formal international bilateral’ relationship. So far, there has been only honey-dripping sweet stories we have been reading about both the leaders. Because it is neither the countries nor the problems that bring them together. It is history. Chinese visitor
David Cameron: The vote diplomacy
British Prime Minister
Tony Abbott: A pact for life
Amit Shah: Desi Man Friday
Whether it is about drumming up enough support for Modi in elections, or managing elections in different states to make the base of
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