Modi, Obama will make a joint radio address next Tuesday

  • Zia Haq, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2015 01:41 IST

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes on air with his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat' on state-run All India Radio on January 27 (Tuesday), he will be joined by a special guest: US President Barack Obama.

Since taking power, Modi has hosted three such monthly radio shows that began in October, using the traditional medium of communication that still has a wide reach.

"This month's 'Mann Ki Baat' episode will be a special one, where our Republic Day guest @BarackObama & I will share our thoughts together," Modi broke the news on Twitter Thursday.

"I am eagerly looking forward to the special 'Mann Ki Baat' programme with President @BarackObama, which will be aired on 27th January."

Modi's high-octane communication strategy -- throughout his election campaign last year and during his stint in power -- sometimes evokes comparison with that of Obama's, who also makes a weekly radio address from White House.

There is, however, a difference. While Modi's radio talk has been a hit in terms of listenership, the one by Obama has faded into relative irrelevance, according to US media analysts.

Modi and Obama, who had co-authored an editorial piece in the Washington Post ahead of the Indian PM's visit to the US last October, will take pre-arranged audience questions.

"'Mann Ki Baat' with President @BarackObama will not be complete without your participation! Send your Qs till the 25th, using #AskObamaModi," the Prime Minister said.

He said questions could also be posted on, the PM's website for interactive governance.

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