US President Barack Obama Writes Article on PM Modi in TIME Magazine

Barack Obama writes article on PM Modi in Time Magazine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people with an article on him titled, “India’s reformer-in-chief.” Byline, Barack Obama.

President Obama describes PM Modi’s journey “from poverty to Prime Minister” as one that reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.

Three months after a visit to India, amid which PM Modi casually tended to the US President by his first name various times – portrayed by spoilers as uneven warmth – – Mr Obama seems to reciprocate when he writes, “When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

President Obama was the boss visitor at India’s Republic Day festivals in January not long from now, the first American president to be so. He went by on the individual welcome of PM Modi, months after the Prime Minister’s visit to the US.

POTUS writes in the short note, “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.”

And, “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,” writes President Obama, “he transcends the ancient and the modern – a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a ‘digital India’.”

Recalling the visit to the Martin Luther king memorial, the US President says, “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 recognises that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.”

The US President is on that TIME list as well; the article on him has been composed by TIME magazine’s political editorialist Joe Klein. The creator of Chinese chief Xi Jinping’s profile is Kevin Rudd, previous Prime Minister of Australia.

Also on TIME’S list of influential people – TIME says it has included titans, pioneers, artists, icons and leaders who are shaping the future – are musician Kanye West and his reality star wife Kim Kardashian, Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella, Pakistani activist and Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

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