New Delhi: Howdy, Modi! was the Twitter topic of Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Houston appearance being the focus of attention. Here’s a look at some of them.
After reading filmmaker Shekhar Kapur’s tweets on ‘rockstar’ Modi at Houston, maybe he ought to be directing the film on the PM instead of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
It’s amazing how one leader of a Nation can have such a ‘rock star’ effect overseas. It’s amazing watching @narendramodi hold 50,000 people with his words. Even @POTUS is watching in awe. There’s something undeniable about the charisma of this man. https://t.co/WAmeyHdH7P
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) September 22, 2019
Here is another ‘rocking’ Modi fan — BJP MP Gautam Gambhir.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 23, 2019
Pakistan military’s spokesperson Asif Gafoor was up to mischief, again, with a tweet of the NRG stadium that implied ‘houseful’ for the event was untrue. He later deleted the tweet. Hmmm.
ڈیلیٹ کر گیا۔ غلطی سے اصلی اکاونٹ سے ٹویٹ ہو گئی تھی pic.twitter.com/GaP0hfjiBQ
— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) September 22, 2019
Raveesh Kumar, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, is awed by the “Texas-sized” crowd — whatever a Texas-sized crowd is.
That’s a Texas-sized crowd!
Electric atmosphere at the NRG arena in Houston as 50,000 strong Indian Americans wait for the historic occasion when PM @narendramodi comes on stage together with US President @realDonaldTrump at #HowdyModi. pic.twitter.com/upJj4pHphr
— Anurag Srivastava (@MEAIndia) September 22, 2019
And here is actress Mia Farrow’s devastating reply.
crowd size does not make us think better of Hitler pic.twitter.com/VmTSM0S45z
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 22, 2019
Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, BJP Delhi spokesperson, waxed prescient: for the first time an Indian PM has inaugurated a US election campaign, he said. But Congress’ Anand Sharma reminded PM Modi of his job description.
First time in the History of United States, Indian PM inaugurated US election Campaign 😝😝😝#HowdyModi
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) September 22, 2019
Reminding you that you are in the USA as our Prime Minister and not a star campaigner in US elections.
— Anand Sharma (@AnandSharmaINC) September 22, 2019
Academician Ashok Swain saw irony in US President Donald Trump’s remarks that he would secure America’s borders from illegal immigrants. Guess, which country the largest number of illegal immigrants belong to?
Trump saying securing American border from illegal immigrants and Modi fan desi diaspora clapping madly! Only 500,000 illegal Indian immigrants are in the USA, the largest number of illegal immigrants from any country outside American continents. #HowdyMody #AdiosModi
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) September 22, 2019
While the BJP is determined to blame Jawaharlal Nehru for everything wrong in this country, the Congress is not taking it lying down — here’s party spokesperson Sanjay Jha’s and former AICC secretary Shashi Kant Sharma’s ‘Howdy’ twist to the story.
Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. They are the lodestars of India’s fascinating story. Immortal. Legends.
If anybody has a problem with that, to put it politely, get your head examined. Because pal, you are messed up.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) September 23, 2019
— Shashi Kant Sharma (@ShashiK_Sharma) September 22, 2019
Moving on to other news of the day. Former finance minister P. Chidambram may be in jail, but his proxy Twitter account is not holding back from offering sharp critique on the country’s state of affairs.
Bharat mai sab achha hai.
Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 23, 2019
Congress’ Sushmita Dev was visibly disappointed with The Sunday Standard on Daughters Day, have a look at why.
I was one of the Devi awardees & today I am disappointed. pic.twitter.com/ochMsN5ruh
— Sushmita Dev (@sushmitadevinc) September 22, 2019
PM Modi is not the only one who is ‘rocking’. Take a look at Robert Vadra, husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, in these photographs.
A good diet and a good body weight will help you deal with any ailment..it shows a person’s determination.
Wishing all my friends a healthy happy Sunday. 😊👍💪🌺 pic.twitter.com/HtFFbWOcj5
— Robert Vadra (@irobertvadra) September 22, 2019