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Was PM Modi’s ‘Impromptu’ Speech Actually Prompted Throughout?

PM Modi addressed the joint US Congress on his visit to the US. 

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: AP)

After much applause and standing ovations for PM Modi’s speech at Capitol Hill, the internet is now divided over something strange. Was the Prime Minister’s grand, “impromptu” speech actually prompted throughout?

Twitter broke out with pictures of two supposed teleprompters on either side of the dias, and people began poking fun at the PM’s teleprompter reading/public speaking skills.

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There’s speculation that he may have been using the StagePro Presidential Teleprompter Series, which displays the text on glass reflected monitors in a way that the audience cannot see it. The teleprompter is intuitive and the scrolling starts and stops in keeping with the speaker. So technically, it would have kept pace with the Prime Minister, every time he stopped to let the prolonged applause in the House fade out.

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Twitter even harked back to the time in 2015 when Modi took the teleprompter quite literally and read out ‘Mrs’ as ‘M-R-S’ while referring to to Sri Lanka’s First Lady, who was visiting at the time.

But to be fair, Modi ji seems to have improved significantly over the years. He really had us believe the speech was very well memorised, if not impromptu.

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