Reacting to United States of America President Donald Trump’s ‘Father of India’ remark, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi spoke exclusively to Republic. He opined that the US President’s comments were an exaggeration. Basically, he was referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi being described as the ‘Father of India’ at the press briefing after the conclusion of the Indo-US bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
Gogoi alleged that both PM Modi and the US President were playing the role of actors. He also stated that the latter was a ‘better actor’ than the PM.
‘’You see, ‘Father of India’ was an exaggeration. Both of them are playing the role of an actor maybe better than Amitabh Bachchan also. The same thing, Modi also praised him like anything. They said he is going to be the next President of the US also. So, both are playing politics. Both want to be smarter than each other. But to me, it appears that Trump is a slightly smarter and better actor than Modi,’’ the former Assam CM observed.
US President Trump who addressed the ‘Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’ event as well, commented after the bilateral dialogue that PM Modi had brought India together akin to a father.
"He (PM Modi) is a great gentleman & a great leader. I remember India before and it was very torn. There was a lot of dissension, fighting & he brought it all together. Like a father would bring it together. Maybe he is the Father of India. We'll call him the Father of India" said the US President.
After landing in Houston on September 22, PM Modi met energy sector CEOs and also interacted with the Kashmiri Pandits, Dawoodi Bohra and the Sikh delegations. While the Sikh community congratulated him for his government's Kartarpur Corridor initiative, the Kashmiri Pandits expressed their joy on the Centre's move on Article 370. The Dawoodi Bohra group recalled the PM's 2018 visit to their community event in Indore. This was followed by the 'Howdy, Modi!' event which was addressed by the PM as well as the US President. Subsequently, he has participated in multiple UN engagements including the UN Climate Action Summit, the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage besides inaugurating the Gandhi Solar Park and the Gandhi Peace Garden at the UN headquarters. Moreover, he received the ‘Global Goalkeeper’ award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his government’s flagship ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ programme.