PM Narendra Modi’s oratory skills have never been in doubt. He is a great orator and one of the most influential leaders of the modern day. Narendra Modi’s speech to joint session of US Congress will go down as one of his greatest and finest speeches.
His 47 minutes speech was interrupted by no less than 9 standing ovations and 72 round of spontaneous applause. During his speech to joint session of US Congress at the Capitol Hill, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi transcended the geographical boundaries of a Prime Minister of state and appeared as a global leader and statesman. He showed that he is deeply aware of India’s and his own place in history.
The way, PM Narendra Modi picked the issues and placed them before his respected audience during his speech to joint session of US was really remarkable.
“Distinguished members, not just in Afghanistan, but elsewhere in South Asia, and globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat.”
“In the territory stretching from West of India’s border to Africa, it may go by different names, from Laskhar-e-Taiba, to Taliban to (Islamic State). But, it’s philosophy is common: Of hate, murder and violence.”
“Although its shadow is spreading across the world, it is incubated in India’s neighbourhood. I commend the members of the US Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.”
“Refusing to reward them is the first step towards holding them accountable for their actions,”
These were some of the bold statements and messages that were spread by PM Narendra Modi across the globe on Wednesday. He clearly told the world that our neighboring country is the cradle of terrorism.
He is the first head of Indian state among five to articulate to the US lawmakers the deep perturbation and trepidation India suffers from when it finds US aid is being used by Pakistan to foment acts of terrorism against our country.
PM Modi’s further words were a clear message to US telling it what India expects from US.
“The need of the hour is for us to deepen our security cooperation. And, base it on a policy that isolates those who harbour, support and sponsor terrorists; that does not distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists; and that delinks religion from terrorism.”
With exemplary sense of timing, Modi drew peals of laughter from the House chamber during his speech to joint session of US. There were several lighthearted moments that punctuated Modi’s address and marked a clear shift in relationship between the two countries that are increasingly breaking new grounds while shedding mutual distrust of the past.
A part of Narendra Modi’s speech to the joint session of US Congress was also meant for domestic consumption and development of India. Modi explained his ‘long and ambitious to-do list’ which he hopes to complete by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence of India.
“My dream is to economically empower them through many social and economic transformations,” he said, while laying out his plan: “A vibrant rural economy with robust farm sector; a roof over each head and electricity to all households; to skill millions of our youth; build 100 smart cities; have a broad band for a billion, and connect our villages to the digital world; and create a 21st Century rail, road and port infrastructure.
And mindful of his pulpit, Narendra Modi during his speech to joint session of US added a line which he knew the Americans would love to hear.
“These are not just aspirations; they are goals to be reached in a finite timeframe. And, to be achieved with a light carbon footprint, with greater emphasis on renewables.”
He concluded his speech with a quote from a Walt Whitman poem To Think of Time (Canto 7).
“The orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments, the baton has given the signal”, to which he added a line: “And to that, if I might add, there is a new symphony in play.”
This was PM Narendra Modi, the global leader, at his eloquent best, an orator par excellence and a politician at the top of his game. 9 standing ovations and 72 round of spontaneous applause prove that he was successful in winning the heart of Americans.