Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama in India: How Indian bureaucrats add up to the “excitement"

PM Modi: Displaying Sartorial Flamboyance
DISPLAYING prime minister’s photo in a bandhgala with “narendra damodardas modi” inscribed in pin-stripes, customs commissioner and one of active social media users Neeraj Kansal tweets: “Move aside Michelle Obama. World has a new fashion icon”. The tweet was addressed to @BarackObama. Yes, every bureaucrat among others noticed how PM used the occasion also to display his sartorial flamboyance. But it was Kansal, a former home ministry director, who dared to praise the PM publicly. Here are other bureaucrats who took to the social media sites to express their feelings on #ObamaInIndia:

Dr A Didar Singh, former IAS and secretary general of industry lobby Ficci, captured the mood of the captains of Indian industries before President Obama and PM Modi addressed them. He tweeted:
“Packed hall of CEOs for India-US Biz Summit at Taj Palace for Pres Obama and PM Modi address. Excitement.”
Ahead of the big moment, Singh clicked a selfie with foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and CII director general C Banerjee and tweeted with a tag: ” business and diplomacy partnership”.
Former foreign secretary and ex-Indian ambassador to US Nirupama Rao summed up the moment like this: “#ObamaInIndia : Excellent outcomes, good leadership chemistry; the stars were truly well aligned.”
And then many bureaucrats added up to #ObamaInIndia by resorting to retweets and turning news aggregator. 1994 batch IAS topper Srivatsa Krishna who has 18,700 Twitter followers, tweeted a ToI news item: “Obama assures Modi on concerns over H-1B visa”.
At the end of the busy R-Day (for many bureaucrats), DIPP secretary and 1980 batch IAS Amitabh Kant wrote: “Truly was DIPP day- tableau at parade, India- US CEO forum and then the Business summit with Prez Obama and PM Modi. Now, time 2 relax!”

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