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I don't think PM Modi slighted the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal intentionally!
It was the most unpleasant scenario that was witnessed on July 16, 2016, when our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji was seen on TV channels meeting the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal during an Inter-State Council meeting.

He was seen almost ignoring the existence of the CM of Delhi who was face to face with him. It was during an official gathering that took place to discuss a range of issues and concerns raised by various CMs. The video of the meeting has been widely circulated and has gone viral on social media, where the PM can be seen shaking hands with various politicians attending the event.

While the PM was gracious enough to smile and behave politely with rest of the CM's, he showed least courtesy towards Kejriwal. To him, the PM extended the "shortest hand shake ever" and a furtive glance.

In the 38 second video, the PM can be seen meeting Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and many others, but when he came face-to-face with Kejriwal, there was absence of any warmth that is the basic etiquette of politics.

This incident compels a common Indian to put on his / her thinking cap. Why did the PM slight the CM of Delhi? Ordinary human beings usually exhibit this behaviour when they might not be interested in someone, considering him / her an intruder, a geek and boring, and it reflects that current emotional state against an unwelcome barging in. We find ourselves interested in doing something else while we've to do something else – a simple flippancy of mood.

Often, it reflects a feeling of hate for someone who might have harmed us in past. His presence might have conjured up the feeling of resentment, anger and even jealousy with a lack of our self confidence. Hatred is sometimes expressed in the form of ignoring the other person or trying to show him that he is worthless.

But here, I'm sure, the visible slight felt in the video is incidental with no bad blood from either side. Our Prime Minister is a fine observer of norms of hospitality, courtesy and politeness like any matured politician with great savoire faire. He is actually not "ignoring" the CM but that false impression of the micro-mini-second handshake looked a bit out of fashion.

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