Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that those who do not feel proud of US President Donald Trump's comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the father of India, do not consider themselves as Indians. He also mentioned that he has never heard anything like this from any American president for an Indian prime minister. During the bilateral meeting held in the United Nations headquarters, President Trump had called PM Modi a great leader and the 'father of India' on September 23.
"If an impartial and bold statement comes from America and its President then I feel every Indian should feel proud regardless of his political affiliations with any party or ideology. This is the first time that an American president has used this kind of words of praise not for an Indian Prime Minister but for any other world leader and if someone is not proud of this, then maybe he does not consider himself Indian," Singh said. When asked that some Congress leaders have asserted that there could be only one father of the nation, Singh said for this, the Congress will have to argue with Trump.
Donald Trump, who had been the guest of honour at the massive 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston on September 22, heaped praises on PM Modi at the bilateral meet.
"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 Trump.
A number of other matters also came up during US President Donald Trump's statement and the ensuing questions and answers. Trump, apart from calling PM Modi 'Father of India' also compared him to American Rock-and-Roll legend Elvis Presley, while referring to the kind of reception he had got at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Trump also firmly put forth that he didn't need to broach the topic of Pakistan and its various terror admission, saying, "The PM (Modi) will handle it."
Earlier, PM Modi was also be presented with the 2019 'Global Goalkeeper Award' by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Tuesday night. The honour is a special recognition that celebrates a political leader who has demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country and/or globally. PM Narendra Modi was honoured for his leadership of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which he had launched on October 2, 2014. PM Narendra Modi dedicated the award to the people of India.