He is the global man of the moment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi currently has over 22.1 million followers on Twitter with Amitabh Bachchan marginally trailing with 22 million. He is one of the world’s most followed leaders, third only to Barack Obama (76 million followers) and Pope Francis (27 million). Donald Trump has just 20 million. Modi is also one of the most popular world leaders on Facebook with more than 31 million fans on his personal page and 10.1 million fans on his official PMO India page. He is second to Barack Obama who has more than 46 million likes on his page. But PM Modi took a lead over President Obama in terms of the number of interactions, with more than 200 million, a number that is more than five times as many as Obama’s.
He has also become the Indian Prime Minister who has had the most international engagements in the shortest period of time. Between 2014 and 2016, he visited as many as 42 countries spending 113 days on foreign soil. It is a record for an Indian Prime Minister. Interestingly, as part of his cost-cutting exercises, Modi has not only avoided a heavy media contingent on his foreign trips but has also cut off the fat from his own delegation, dropping top heavy officials and ministerial colleagues. The only attendant who is always part of the entourage is, of course, Badri Meena, his chef for over 15 years. It is said that before every trip Badri spends hours packing select Gujarati masalas, pickles and other essentials so he can conjure up the simple, well-cooked dishes that Modi enjoys like bhindi kadhi and vaghereli khichdi and, of course, the ubiquitous khakra and chundo.
Modi is fast becoming a fashion icon in India and abroad. His signature short-sleeved kurta is widely sold as the ‘Modi Kurta’ and his coloured vests are setting a new sartorial trend among members of his Cabinet. At the Global Citizen Festival in the U.S. he opted for a royal blue vest and when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, he wore a black bandhgala.During his four-nation tour of Africa, Modi wore a glossy, floral number in Johannesburg, South Africa, he opted for traditional costume in Leh and Nagaland complete with head gear, spear and sword. The world has never seen such a stylish Indian Prime Minister, one who enjoys flaunting his Bulgari frames, Movado watch and Mont Blanc pen collection.
Modi speak: Popular quotes that raise the bar for leaders
I will make such a wonderful India that all Americans will stand in line to get a visa for India.
We do not need acts but action.
A son of a poor man is standing in front of you today. This is the strength of a democracy.
Mind is never a problem. Mindset is.
Hard work never brings fatigue. It brings satisfaction.