Narendra modi's maiden usa trip

As Hindu Indians and Indian Americans celebrate the festival of Navaratri, they have been touched upon hearing that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be following the nine days of religious fast during his 5 days of US visit. Much was talked about the Indian premier's menu for the 5 days, mainly fruits and lemonade apparently. But once in USA, Modi's every appearance, every speech is getting good attention- well, maybe not on TV, but definitely on the internet and the print media. 

(Photo Credit: Narendra Modi's FB Page) 


Modi had this to say about his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sep 27th 2014, day 2 of his US visit- "Addressed the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. Highlighted the need for reform and rejuvenation of the UN. Next year the UN turns 70 and we need to take this as an opportunity to bring about the various positive changes. Why is it that despite having such a wonderful platform like the UN we have the various G platforms? We need to move towards 'G-All' and see how the UN can be made even more effective. 

On the issue of terrorism, I made it clear that no country in the world is safe from it. We need to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on Global Terrorism as the matter has been pending for long. 

I spoke about India's firm belief in the philosophy 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' and talked about the strength of Yoga. I gave the idea of celebrating a day as International Yoga Day."

(Watch the speech below. Video credit: Modi Live)

Reaction To Modi's UN Speech:

 An editorial titled, “Modi at the UN”, in the Pakistani daily, the Daily Times said: “Modi continued his charm offensive in the West with a speech to the UN General Assembly that was everything Nawaz Sharif’s was not.” It noted that Modi’s speech, with its references to Indian spiritual traditions was “written for the US public to consume, while Sharif’s bland, narrow focus was everything that western public feel is wrong with Pakistan — an obsession with India, desire for territory and a total lack of charisma and likeability”. It went on to say that the Indian Prime Minister’s speech did not focus on Pakistan except by implication. The daily said that it is a credit to Modi’s political acumen that he understands how important Western public opinion is to shaping policy.

“India’s insistence that Kashmir is a ‘non—issue’ bilaterally reflects Pakistan’s continuance of supporting jihadi proxies to achieve strategic goals. Workable solutions exist and have been discussed but Kashmir remains unresolved, while Pakistan’s support for proxies has cost it dearly in lives and money. Neither position is tenable but India’s appears less so, partly because it de facto controls the territory.”

We SAY ... 

How apt that he started the day by paying homage at the 9/11 Memorial in New York city, the site that represents the biggest tragedy of our times....and how germane to do it in all white in keeping with the Indian culture .... 

As for his UNGA speech, we loved that fact that spoke in Hindi with confidence and calm on an international stage. Our favorite part about Modi's address to the 69th UNGA was his reference to India's vedic roots, on India's belief in the philosophy 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'.

What does 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' mean you ask?

'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' is a Sanskrit saying that means that the entire earth is one family ('Vasudha' meaning earth and 'kutumbh' meaning family). According to Vedic Ambassador, the concept originates in the Vedic scripture Maha Upanishad (Chapter 6, Verse 72):

अयं बन्धुरयं नेति गणना लघुचेतसां उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं 
ayam bandhurayam neti ganana laghuchetasam udaracharitanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam

Only small men discriminate saying: One is a relative; the other is a stranger. For those who live magnanimously the entire world constitutes but a family. 

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