Five months ago, his 8 pm speech left the nation worried as he recalled 86% of India’s cash in circulation. On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pep talk at 10 PM left many people in splits.
Addressing the nation’s biggest innovation fest named Smart India Hackathon, Modi sought serious solutions to India’s problems, but also showed his funny side to young students.
“Are you guys tired? Are you ready to spend another 36 hours in this?” Modi quipped at the beginning of his video address.
“You must have wondered if a PM can actually come to talk at 10 pm. You perhaps concluded that since it is April 1, Modi ji must be making us April fools,” he said amid laughter.
Modi asked the name of a student interacting with him from Uttar Pradesh.
“Adinath,” the student replied.
“So, here is Adinath. And there is an Adityanath,” Modi quipped, referring to the new CM of the state.
After giving his opening remarks for 25 minutes, Modi opened the floor for students. “If I speak alone , the youth will not like it,” he said.
When Santosh Kumar Das, a student in Pune, introduced himself as a resident of Gujarat, Modi said, “You will be spared for speaking in Gujrati.” Students erupted in mirth.
But the student fumbled and admitted that he was too nervous to talk before the PM. Modi laughed, “There should be some innovation to solve this problem as well.”
Nitin Gadkari’s road ministry was in charge of arranging the Hackathon in Nagpur. There, a student started briefing about a solution to traffic controls, and Modi himself could not control his laughter: “Now, Nitinji can be satisfied that you people have done some work.”