If you can’t accept Prime Minister Narender Modi as “The father of India”, you can not call yourself an Indian.” said Union Minister Jitendra Singh today. He was responding to a comment by The United States President Donald Trump in which he praised Indian PM for unifying the country after “a lot of dissension, lot of fighting”.
“India is being respected in a way which was rare in the past”, said Jitendra Singh on the sidelines of the launch of CPGRAMS (Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System) reforms in the Department of Posts.
On Trump’s statement, the minister said that he had never heard anything like this from any American President for an India PM.
“People who live abroad are proud today of being Indian. This is happening due to the personality and personal outreach of Prime Minister Modi,” Jitendra Singh, was quoted by news agency PTI.
“If an impartial and bold statement comes from America and its President, then I feel every Indian should feel proud, regardless of his political affiliations with any party or ideology … This is the first time that an American president has used this kind of words of praise not for an Indian Prime Minister but for any other world leader and if someone is not proud of this, then maybe he does not consider himself Indian,” Mr Singh said.
He also added that if the Congress had a problem with Mr Trump calling Narender Modi “Father Of India”, they could argue with him.