Narendra Modi crosses 900,000 followers on Twitter!

Published By : Admin | September 2, 2012 | 16:14 IST
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Shri Narendra Modi’s followers on Twitter cross 900,000!

Shri Modi among the most active politicians on Twitter, where he expresses views and engages with well-wishers.

This comes a day after Shri Modi holds historic Google+ Hangout watched all across the world.

Shri Narendra Modi is one of the most popular public figures on social media and he has innovatively used this medium to express views as well as reach out to the people. Today, his social media popularity received yet another shot in the arm when the number of followers on Shri Modi’s Twitter page crossed the 900,000 mark. It may be noted that Shri Modi has among the highest followers among Indian political leaders.

The pace of this increase has been remarkable to say the least! Crossing the 900,000 mark has come just about a month and handful days after Shri Modi had crossed the 800,000 mark on 30th July.

Here is the Twitter journey of Shri Modi in the last few months:

Date Milestone
11th November 2011 Shri Modi crosses 400,000 followers on Twitter
3rd March 2012 500,000 mark scaled by Shri Modi on Twitter
1st May 2012 Perfect gift on Gujarat day as Shri Modi’s followers cross 600,000
13th June 2012 Shri Modi has 700,000 followers on Twitter
30th July 2012 Shri Modi’s Twitter following crosses 800,000
 

INNOVATINE USAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA:

Twitter is an important but only one facet of Shri Modi’s activities on social media. His official Facebook page remains an active hub of expressing views, sharing pictures and posting reader’s comments.

He takes time off from his busy schedule and Blogs regularly on a variety of issues. His You Tube channel is updated daily where you can find all the latest speeches and media bytes of Shri Modi.

But, the greatest story of the last month has been Shri Modi’s active and path breaking usage of Google+ to reach out to more well-wishers. That Shri Modi is among the few politicians to use Google+ is known but on the evening of 31st August he held a Google+ Hangout session, taking live questions from participants spread across the world.

Shri Modi’ Hangout has been a landmark session because it is for the first time that a public figure took questions from across the world. President Obama and Prime Minister Gillard of Australia held Hangouts in the past but only took questions from people from their respective countries. In Shri Modi’s case, there were questioners from New York, Japan, London and Qatar. The Hangout generated immense enthusiasm among netizens and was extensively covered by the media. The Hangout was witnessed by people from 116 nations, over 4 million people viewed it on TV and a record 70,000 Tweets pored in while the hangout was in progress.

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Away from the rough and tumble of politics, Shri Modi interacted with the people and answered questions straight from the heart and even revealed some of his personal tastes and habits such as the secret behind his ‘Modi Kurtas’, his favourite dish and the number of hours he sleeps in a day.

DEFENDING FREESPEECH, SALUTING SPIRIT OF SOCIAL MEDIA:

The other major happening in the last month was Shri Modi’s unequivocal defence of free speech and support for a vibrant social media. Free speech and the right to express one’s self freely are central to Shri Modi. Time and again, he has said that criticism is a key cornerstone of democracy and thus, when the Centre was clamping down on these very rights of expression it is natural for Shri Modi to raise his protest.

In solidarity with the unfair crackdown on Internet freedom by the UPA, Shri Modi blackened his Twitter display picture and Tweeted, “As a common man, I join the protest against crackdown on freedom of speech! Have changed my DP. ‘Sabko Sanmati De Bhagwan.’ #GOIBlocks”. This became an instant hit among netizens and thousands of people followed Shri Modi and blackened their pictures as a mark protest.

PULSE ON YOUNGISTAN!

The last month was also the time when India was witnessing its finest run in any Olympic games and our Under 19 Team won the ICC Under-19 World Cup. As the youngsters were glued to their TV sets, celebrating the triumphs of our sportspersons, Shri Modi used social media to join these celebrations. Be it wishing our Olympic medalists or the Under 19 champions, Shri Modi was among the first to do so!

Thus, with such out of the box thinking, a desire to connect with the youth and hear from them, it is understandable why Shri Modi has time and again emerged as a true ‘King of Social Media!’

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Namastey.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth ji,

Excellencies,

भारत के सभी 130 करोड़ लोगो की ओर से, Mauritius के सभी भाई-बहनों को नमस्कार, Bonjour, और थाइपूसम कावडी की शुभकामनाएं

At the outset, I wish to recall the stellar contribution of the late Sir Anerood Jugnauth to strengthen India-Mauritius ties. He was a visionary leader, who was widely respected in India. Upon his passing, we had declared a day of national mourning in India, and our Parliament had also paid homage to him. It was our privilege to honour him with the Padma Vibhushan award in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic did not permit us to schedule the award ceremony during his lifetime. But we were honoured by the presence of Lady Sarojini Jugnauth in November last year to accept the award. This is the first bilateral event between our countries after his sad demise. And so, even as we celebrate yet another milestone in our shared development journey, I also wish to express my deepest condolences to his family, and to all the people of Mauritius.



Excellencies,

India and Mauritius are united by history, ancestry, culture, language and the shared waters of the Indian Ocean. Today, our robust development partnership has emerged as a key pillar of our close ties. Mauritius is a prime example of India's approach to development partnership which is based on the needs and priorities of our partners and respects their sovereignty.

Pravind ji, I fondly remember inaugurating with you the Metro Express project, the New ENT Hospital and the New Supreme Court building. I am delighted to know about the Metro's popularity, crossing the 5.6 million passengers mark. We look forward to supporting the further extension of the Metro, under the 190 million dollar Line of Credit agreement exchanged today. It is also a matter of satisfaction and pride for us that the New ENT Hospital has been instrumental in combating COVID-19.

In fact, our cooperation during the COVID pandemic has been exemplary .Under our Vaccine Maitri programme, Mauritius was one of the first countries we were able to send COVID vaccines to. I am happy that today Mauritius is among the few countries in the world to have fully vaccinated three-fourths of its population. Mauritius is also integral to our approach to the Indian Ocean. It was in Mauritius, during my 2015 visit, that I had outlined India's maritime cooperation vision of SAGAR -Security and Growth for All in the Region.

I am glad that our bilateral cooperation, including in maritime security, has translated this vision into action. Despite the constraints of COVID, we were able to hand over a Dornier aircraft on lease and complete the Short Refit of the Mauritian Coast Guard ship Barracuda. The deployment of equipment and experts to contain the Wakashio oil spill was another example of our cooperation to protect our shared maritime heritage.

Excellencies,

Today's event again demonstrates our shared commitment to improving the lives of our people. Pravindji, I am happy to join you on the completion of the Social Housing project. We are particularly glad to be associated with this important effort to provide affordable houses to the common people of Mauritius. We are also initiating today two other Projects that are critical to nation-building: a state-of-the-art Civil Service College that will help in skilling government officers, for Mauritius's continued progress; and the 8 Mega Watt Solar PV Farm project, which will help mitigate the climate challenges that Mauritius faces as an island country.

In India too, we are focusing on innovative approaches to civil-service capacity building under our Mission Karmyogi. We would be happy to share our experiences with the new Civil Services college. As we launch the 8 Mega Watt Solar PV Farm, I recall the One Sun One World One Grid initiative, which was launched on the sidelines of the COP-26 meeting in Glasgow last year. It is an idea that I had put forth at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance in October 2018.This initiative will not only reduce carbon footprints and energy costs, but also open a new avenue for cooperation between different countries and regions. I hope that India and Mauritius can together create a shining example of such cooperation in solar energy.

The Agreement on Small Development Projects that we are exchanging today will deliver high-impact projects at the community level across Mauritius. In the coming days, we will begin work on several important projects such as the Renal Transplant unit, the Forensic Science Laboratory, the National Library & Archives, the Mauritius Police Academy, and many others.I would like to reiterate today that India will always continue to stand by Mauritius in its development journey.

I wish all our Mauritian brothers and sisters a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022.

Vive l’amitié entre l’Inde et Maurice!

भारत और मॉरिशस मैत्री अमर रहे।

Vive Maurice!

Jai Hind!

Thank you very much. Namaskar.