Modi is an excellent orator...that is not unknown to us. However, his charming personality was in full bloom during his 5-mation visit to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, US and Mexico.
Who would say that Indo-Afghan relations were strained at one point, or the US had once banned him from coming? Its already his third trip in the last few months.
Pen is more powerful than the swors they say, and Modi's team of writers have done a great job, striking the right chord in each of the nations, tapping their historical richness, the cultural similarity, lending a shoulder to cry and sharing his own concerns. It was a friend on a tour!
He referred to the greatest poets and writers of the era and eulogised the friendly nations for what they are and that was the trick.
Here are his best quotes of the tour:
- You are well-known for your bipartisanship. I have also witnessed a similar spirit in Indian Parliament, especially in Upper House: PM Modi
- I commend the members of US Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains
- India will never forget the solidarity shown by US Congress when terrorists from across our border attacked Mumbai in 2008
- India applauds the great sacrifices of the men & women from 'The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave' in service of mankind
- India's strong economy and growth rate of 7.6% per annum, is creating new opportunities for our mutual prosperity
- #SIRI tells us that India's ancient heritage of Yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the US
- No wonder then, that former Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee called India and the US 'natural allies'
- Gandhi's non-violence inspired the heroism of Martin Luther King
- The genius of Norman Borlaug brought the Green Revolution and food security to India
- Although its shadow is spreading across the world, terrorism is incubated in India's neighbourhood. Humanity must speak in one voice. Terrorism must be delegitimized
"And it is a wise Afghan proverb that says, Kabul be zar basha be barf ne: May Kabul be without gold rather than (without) snow. For the snow feeds the rivers that sustain life and agriculture" : When he speaks of the Harirud river
"Herat has time and again seen sublime glory and tragic ruin. And, the city that once Jalaluddin Rumi held as the finest will rise again."
"Today, the world will see the Harirud River as an abiding emblem of our commitment to a shared future of progress. And, the Friendship Dam unites us in solidarity as Chishti Sharif joined us in spirit centuries ago."
*On relations between Switzerland-India: "There are many success stories of our relationship. One that has been making waves in the Grand Slams of the tennis world is the partnership of famous Swiss player Martina Hingis with Sania Mirza and Leander Paes of India."
On Switzerland's reputation: "I feel the weight of history, standing here with you in this truly international city-Geneva. And, not just international, but a city with a humanitarian soul. After all, it is home to the "Red Cross" and headquarters of several international organizations devoted to serving mankind."
To the 600,000 people in Qatar: "I came to Doha in the evening and the first programme on my schedule was to meet you all... When someone from your land, speaking your language comes, I am sure that would make you very happy."
To the Indian workers: "Do work hard, but while doing so, please do focus on keeping your health and body fighting fit."
About India-US relations: "The orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments the baton has given the signal. And there is a new symphony in play."
On bipartisanship: "The PM couldn't resist making a Congress joke in the house when he said: "I am informed that the working of the US Congress is harmonious. I am also told you are well-known for your bipartisanship. Well, you are not alone. Time and again, I have also witnessed a similar spirit in the Indian Parliament, especially our Upper House. So, as you can see, we have many shared practices."
About Smartphones, Yoga: "SIRI tells us that India's ancient heritage of Yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the U.S. And, we have not yet claimed intellectual property right on Yoga."
Appreciating Mexico's hospitality: "Although this is my first visit to your great country as the Prime Minister, I had experienced the richness of your culture during my travel in early nineties as a common India. "
On Octavio Paz: "Friends, in his book 'In Light of India', the great author Octavio Paz wrote, 'I can understand what it means to be Indian, because I am Mexican'. Of course, it is true the other way too! I believe we have succeeded today in strengthening this mutual understanding further."