MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA APRIL 17, 2015 01.25 A.M.
This is not an original blog written by me. It is profile of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi , written by the 44th President of U.S.A. Barack Obama for TIME magazine. The 166-word piece, written as part of the TIME magazine’s annual ritual of coming out with its list of 100 Most Influential People is being re-produced here.
The article written
By Barack Obama
As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.
Determined to help more Indians 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 with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a “digital India.”
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. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.
Shortly after the article appeared on the Time magazine’s website, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his gratitude at the rare gesture :
@BarackObama your words are touching & inspiring. Thanks @TIME. http://time.com/3823155/narendra-modi-2015-time-100/ …
I am happy that our Prime Minister is being honoured by world-famous TIME magazine and is being written about by the most influential man on this earth, the President of United States of America .
May he attain greater glories in future!!
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