Modi@4: From Israel to UK to China, the PM’s Big Moments Abroad

PM Modi is known to be a globe-trotter, so let’s look at the significant speeches he’s given abroad in his 4th year.

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With a reputation as a globe-trotting Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has certainly lived up to it in the fourth year of his first term.

This last year, he’s travelled from Israel, to the UK, to China, to Russia, to Sweden, and more.

And in each country, his oratory skill has been on display, impressing the diaspora audience... even if he slipped up a couple of times along the way.


In Israel, Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister in 70 years to visit – a milestone by any estimate. Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu took a barefoot walk on a beach, and met baby Moshe, the Israeli boy who lost his parents in the Mumbai 26/11 attacks when he was an infant.

Our paths have been different, but our belief in democratic values and economic progress have been a shared pursuit.   
PM Modi in Israel

When the PM went to London in April for three days for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, he was greeted with hundreds protesting in Parliament Square – the Unnao and Kathua rapes had just happened, and the nation was in uproar. The PM addressed the issue in a televised event, advising the people “not to politicise” rapes.

A little girl is raped, how painful it is. But do we throw the blame around on different governments? I believe there can’t be anything more wrong than this. Rape is rape.   

But at the informal summit with Xi Jinping in Wuhan, China, the Prime Minister’s enduring love for acronyms let him down.

When I talk about strength, to me, S stands for spirituality, T for tradition trade and technology, R for relationship, E for entertainment, as in, our movies, cultural activities and dances. A for art, N for nature, and H for health sector.   

Wait, say that again... S-T-R-E-A-N-H? Oops!

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