Modi reaches out to world leaders on Twitter, ignores Pakistan

Narendra Modi, India's next Prime Minister-to-be, who is also the most followed Indian politician on Twitter, has quickly used the social media website to thank world leaders and showcase how he and the new Indian government plan to work with them.

Modi began by thanking Canada's Stephen Harper, followed by Nepal, Russia, Japan, South Africa, France and Germany. He also spoke to Spain's head of state and United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon. The last person that Modi mentioned on the list is American President, Barack Obama.

A significant non-mention on the Modi-Twitter diplomacy list is Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who incidentally had called the BJP leader after his electoral success. Nor has Modi mentioned China, or Bangladesh in his any of his tweets, which is crucial given that both have important strategic relations with India.

Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh at the BJP headquarters. AP

Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh at the BJP headquarters. AP

Modi's tweets mentioned US president Barack Obama, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Below are the tweets in ascending order, (the tweet to Obama is right on top)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Narendra Modi's diplomacy and foreign policy is concerned, it is likely that he will try and fulfill his own motto of 'No red tape, only red carpet' for investors.

As Firstpost columnist Rajeev Sharma noted in this piece, =the portfolio of External Affairs Ministry will gain more significance under Modi's Prime-Ministership as, "the new External Affairs Minister will be expected to fast track India’s economic diplomacy and put it on the front burner."

While Twitter diplomacy and the focus on economic ties is all fine, how Narendra Modi handles India's relations with Pakistan, China and Bangladesh will also be much watched.


Updated Date: May 20, 2014 09:08 AM

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