Narendra Modi turns 72: Singing with a child to revealing his favourite fruit, PM’s candid moments
Whether it is singing a patriotic song with a child or taking a selfie with a world leader, PM Narendra Modi has had his impromptu moments
It is not easy to lead a country, especially when all eyes are on you. Keeping one’s composure and maintaining the image of a relatable public figure is a tough challenge for any leader of the country.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led politicians in exhibiting professionalism as well as letting loose when the situation has demanded. Whether it is singing a patriotic song with a child or taking a selfie with a world leader, our PM has had his impromptu moments.
As Prime Minister Modi turns 72 today, here’s a look at some of his candid moments.
When PM Modi sang along with a child in Berlin
During his recent visit to Berlin earlier this month, Modi’s musical side was revealed to the world as a child sang a patriotic song to him.
Tapping to the song’s beats, PM Modi was awed by the child’s enthusiasm as he patted his back with a congratulatory ‘waah’.
When PM Modi clicked the “world’s most power-packed selfie”
In 2015, PM Modi pulled out a smartphone during his visit to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, “extended his arm and cozied up with Chinese premier Li Keqiang for the shot”
The Wall Street Journal , in a news report titled ‘Did Modi Just Take the Most Powerful Selfie in History,’ said that the prime ministers of the world’s two biggest countries “leaned on each other …for what may be the most politically power-packed selfie in history.”
He later shared the photo on Twitter.
It’s selfie time! Thanks Premier Li. pic.twitter.com/DSCTszSnq3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2015
When PM Modi met children of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau
In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau held extensive talks here exploring ways to boost ties in several key areas between the two countries. Despite the serious undertone of the meeting, PM Modi’s brief interaction with Trudeau’s children stole the limelight at the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
Modi was captured playfully interacting with the three children, including hugging Trudeau’s daughter Ella-Grace.
When PM Modi visited Facebook headquarters in California
PM Modi has often revealed his emotional side while talking about the country, its armed and police forces. Any topic regarding his mother, Hiraben, often brings him to tears. On such an occasion, during a question-and-answer session at Facebook headquarters in California, America in September 2015, PM Modi got emotional.
The Q&A held with Mark Zuckerberg was attended by about 1200 people and was live-streamed on Facebook. The prime minister became teary-eyed in response to a question about his family and childhood days. He recalled the struggle of his mother, Hiraben, while he was growing up.
“When I was young, to raise us, my mother worked in neighbours’ homes, cleaning dishes and filling water. Mothers always give up their whole life, for the dreams of their children… A mother never cares what you become but she cares who you become,” he said.
When PM Modi beat the drum
On more than one occasion PM Modi has played the drum, showing a rhythmic side to his persona.
Months after becoming the prime minister for the first time, Modi’s skills as a drummer were on full display in Tokyo as he joined the Japanese percussionists to perform a ‘jugalbandi’ with them.
In 2016, during his visit to Tanzania, PM Narendra Modi tried his hand at beating drums with Tanzanian President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam.
PM Narendra Modi tries his hand at beating drums with Tanzania President John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam pic.twitter.com/xrMmTXN2U7
— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2016
During his visit to Scotland last year, PM Modi could not resist the rhythmic beats of drums as he was about to depart. He played the drums along with members of the Indian community who had gathered to bid him goodbye,
#WATCH PM Modi plays the drums along with members of the Indian community gathered to bid him goodbye before his departure for India from Glasgow, Scotland
(Source: Doordarshan) pic.twitter.com/J1zyqnJzBW
— ANI (@ANI) November 2, 2021
When PM Modi was surrounded by children
On 15 August, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the security protocol and entered an area designated for children. He was met with loud cheers from all around him.
He repeated the same gesture at the Independence Day celebration in 2018 and 2019.
When PM Modi stopped his convoy to meet a 4-year-old fan
In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stopped his convoy mid-way to meet a four-year-old girl here during his Gujarat tour. Nancy Gondaliya rushed towards the Prime Minister’s car when thousands of people were waiting on both sides of the road to catch his glimpse on his way to Kiran Hospital from Circuit House.
— ANI (@ANI) April 17, 2017
When PM Modi talked about his favourite fruit
In a very candid interview with actor Akshay Kumar in 2019, PM Modi revealed his love for mangoes as a child and how he still loves them.
“I love mangoes. Gujarat has a tradition of Aamras as well,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi, while recalling his childhood days in Gujarat, said that he did not have the luxury to buy mangoes given his family background. However, he used to eat mangoes in the field after plucking them directly from the trees.
“While growing up, we did not have the luxury to buy mangoes. But I loved plucking mangoes directly from the tree. It used to be the best,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also said that hygiene was not a concern at the time so he never thought of washing the fruit before eating it.
PM Modi also said that these days, he has to restrict himself on the number of mangoes he should eat.
“Now, I need to control myself and think twice on how much I should eat,” PM Modi said.
With inputs from agencies
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