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Barack Obama's TIME magazine article praises Narendra Modi: What does it prove?
Barack Obama, president of the USA, the same country which once upon a time refused VISA to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has showered praises on him while calling Modi India's Reformer-in-Chief and dedicating three full paras in his appreciation.

TIME magazine has come out with the list of 100 most influential people in the world. Indian PM has found place in this list.

US president Barack Obama while penning down the profile of Narendra Modi for Time magazine in three paragraphs described Indian PM's life story as something which reflects the dynamism and potential of India's rise.

Barrack Obama wrote: "As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he's the leader of the world's largest democracy, and his life story - from poverty to Prime Minister - reflects the dynamism and potential of India's rise.

Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he's laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India's true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern - a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a 'digital India.'

When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world."

The above three paragraphs by US president Obama praising Indian PM Modi prove what? 

Chintamani Mahapatra, Professor, International Studies, Centre for Canadian, US and Latin American Studies at JNU feels that the praise is more than just being symbolic in nature. The three paras about Modi means that the top level leaders in both the countries are at work to implement a constructive relationship towards one another, says Mahapatra.

"It is showing that the role of an individual in formulating and implementing foreign policy is quite important. No matter what is the background of the relationship is or the policy parameter made by the government, unless the attention is given at the highest level, implementation goes slow. In this particular case when Barack Obama is having a few words to say about Narendra Modi, it simply means that top level leaders in both the countries are at work to implement a constructive relationship towards one another. So it is not a simple praise just like that," said Chintamani Mahapatra.

He added, "After they met in Delhi on 26th January it really picked it of. So I personally think that it is not just symbolic, it also reflects some substantive interest on part of the leadership to carry forward the relationship." 

This article by TIME is widely being circulated on Social Media. PM Modi also shared it on his Twitter Feed. Modi described Obama's words as touching and inspiring while thanking TIME magazine.

Apart from Modi, ICICI bank Chief Chanda Kochchar and Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, are the Indians who have been also included in the list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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