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‘Humbleness, simplicity’: PM Modi’s ‘down to earth’ gesture at Houston airport gets praises on Twitter

In a video, the Prime Minister is seen coming out of the aircraft and walking to the officials present there. One of the woman officials hands over a bouquet to Modi and some of the flowers fall on the red carpet.

indians-abroad Updated: Sep 22, 2019 10:20 IST
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Hindustan Times, Houston
Prime Minister Modi picks up the flowers and hands it over to one of his security personnel.
Prime Minister Modi picks up the flowers and hands it over to one of his security personnel. (Photo:Screengrab/Rajya Sabha TV)
         

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left Twitter users impressed after he picked up flowers which fell from the bouquet presented to him during a welcome ceremony at the airport in Houston, where he will attend the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event.

The Prime Minister was welcomed by the Indian and American officials present at the airport to receive him. The director of Trade and International Affairs Christopher Olson, US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and Indian envoy to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla were among them.

In a video, the Prime Minister is seen coming out of the aircraft and walking to the officials present there. One of the woman officials hands over a bouquet to Modi and some of the flowers fall on the red carpet. The Prime Minister picks them up and hands them over to one of his security personnel.

The Prime Minister’s gesture was praised by users on Twitter as many commented that Modi was bringing his “Swachhta Abhiyan” to the United States.

“Was that a belief of not crushing part of the plant with feet or was it a gesture towards Swachhta Abhiyan?” Jitendra Sharma wrote.

 

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Some of the users said this the “down to earth nature” of the Prime Minister.

“A part of that bouquet fallen on ground was picked up by NAMO. Such is the down to earth nature of our PM that he doesn’t even cares for any protocol,” Rishi Mishra tweeted.

“All the best @narendramodi If notice carefully , he picked up the flower fallen from the bouquet of flowers. Shows his attention towards the smallest things. Simplicity of great leader,” Yogesh tweeted.

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“Where PM Narendra Modi spontaneously picks up a flower or a stem, which had fallen on the ground from a bouquet presented to him, and hands it over to his security staff. Simplicity!” wrote another user.

“Liked the spirit and respect by @narendramodi towards a fallen stem of flower from the bouquet extended to him. Small but Priceless gesture by PM of India !” Tweeted Himanshu Prakash Meena.

Prime Minister Modi in Houston late on Saturday for the “Howdy, Modi!” event in which he will be joined by US President Donald Trump and will address more than 50,000 Indian-Americans. The event is scheduled to be held on Sunday at a sprawling NRG Stadium.

Modi is on a week-long visit to the United States with an aim to boost bilateral ties and present India as “a vibrant land of opportunities”. With a packed schedule of events from September 21 to 27, Modi will also address the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Also read: Ahead of ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event, PM Narendra Modi meets oil firms CEOs, says ‘Impossible not to talk energy in Houston’

First Published: Sep 22, 2019 05:45 IST

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