How Twitter reacted to Narendra Modi's US Congress speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech at the US Congress on Wednesday that was dubbed as 'eloquent' and 'with the right amount of humour'. The prime minister referred to Pakistan, Yoga, terrorism, China, Siri and funnily enough, Walt Whitman as Twitteratti expressed their admiration for Modi's oratory skills.

“India is already assuming her responsibilities in securing the Indian Ocean region,” said Modi, “A strong India-US partnership can anchor peace, prosperity and stability from Asia to Africa and the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.”

In an indirect reference to China, he also touted India’s "respect for global commons and for international rules and norms."

Modi addressed US concerns on issues like intellectual property rights with humour.

“Siri tells us that India’s ancient heritage of yoga has over 30 million practitioners in the US. It is estimated that more Americans bend for yoga than to throw a curve ball,” Modi said before landing his punchline.

“And, no Mr Speaker (Paul Ryan), we have not yet claimed intellectual property rights on yoga,” Modi said drawing laughter.

In a not-so-veiled reference to Pakistan, Modi said that terrorism was “incubated in India’s neighbourhood.”

“Not just in Afghanistan, but elsewhere in South Asia, and globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat,” said Modi. “In the territory stretching from west of India’s border to Africa, it may go by different names, from Lashkar-e-Taiba, to Taliban to IS.”

Modi's speech was applauded in the US Congress, but back home many took to Twitter to laud the speech and express their admiration for Modi.

 

However, not everyone took such a positive view of the prime minister's speech:


Updated Date: Jun 09, 2016 09:01 AM

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