Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s remarks in China and South Korea about Indians being ashamed of being born in the country before his government came to power has definitely not gone well with the Twitterverse.
Modi said, “Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian. Now you feel proud to represent the country. Indians abroad had all hoped for a change in government last year.”
“There was a time when people used to say we don’t know what sins we committed in our past life that we were born in Hindustan. Is this any country, is this any government, we will leave,” he said, speaking in Hindi.
“There was a time when people used to leave, businessmen used to say we can’t do business here. These people are ready to come back. The mood has changed," Modi was quoted.
These comments triggered a strong reaction from Twitterati, with #ModiInsultsIndia trending with more than 50k tweets.
Anubhav Sinha @anubhavsinha
Speak for yourself Sir. Strictly Yourself. #ModiInsultsIndia
The Bad Doctor
So happy to see the liberal crowd on Twitter being proud of India for once. My eyes are filled with tears of joy #ModiInsultsIndia
Sanjay Jha @JhaSanjay
Sorry Bhakts, you tried hard, but your sub-standard, low-thinking leader cannot stop the unstoppable juggernaut of truth, #ModiInsultsIndia
I respect d PM's chair,but I can't respect a self-obsessed person who glorifies himself at the cost of my nation! #ModiInsultsIndia
Tinu Cherian Abraham @tinucherian
Ppl may dislike many things happening in India.Go abroad for better opportunities.But they're NOT ashamed of being Indian. #ModiInsultsIndia
Just talked to Brahma. He's not ashamed to have been born Indian either. #ModiInsultsIndia
Ankita Shah @Ankita_Shah8
Dear @narendramodi you may be ashamed of India ...I AM NOT...but I Am ashamed of India's PM
Dipankar #LDL @deep_anchor
Respected PM, when you are on a foreign tour, do remember that you are representing a nation, not your political party. #ModiInsultsIndia
Ajmer Live @DrArbabMalik
Congratulations for electing a Prime Minister who was ashamed of his birth in India until you made him PM"
Gagandeep Sharma @_gaggyy
See #ModiInsultsIndia... this is a shame on all of us.. we chose him..this is the best our country could offer..
Mr #Namo I am ashamed more now then I was one yr before how dare u insulting my country??
Sarvam Shivam @sarvamshivamm
#ModiInsultsIndia Modi's crazy penchant for PR exercise - He has now started to think India is what it is because of him - ARROGANCE
No self respecting Indian accepts disrespect2nation if really he has love in his heart4country only paid crowd can rejoice #ModiInsultsIndia
Dangal On 2016! @AlankitSingh1
Modi Is Ashamed of India. That's Why He never Stays in India. & Always lives Abroad. #ModiinsultsIndia.
Alok Chadha @ChadhaAlok
#ModiInsultsIndia Yes yes come up with excuses...govt spin dr will start the work now on how he was misquoted etc etc etc
Omar Abdullah @abdullah_omar
So it seems there were no Indians who took pride in their country before 16th May 2014. I was completely blind to this amazing fact.
Pee Politics :) @VAvinash
#ModiInsultsIndia Some1 needs to tell him Elections r over & he is PM already for over 1 year Enough with Victory speech Get some work done
Ajmer Live @DrArbabMalik
Sorry Bhakts, you tried hard, but your sub-standard, low-thinking leader cannot stop the unstoppable juggernaut of truth
Hours after #ModiInsultsIndia was among the top trending topics on Twitter, in apparent reaction to Prime Minster Narendra Modi's speeches in Shanghai and Seoul, #ModiIndiasPride raced ahead in the India trending list on Tuesday evening.
#ModiInsultsIndia was among the top trends for several hours following perceived unhappiness over Modi's comments during his three-nation tour to China, Mongolia and South Korea.
#ModiIndiasPride, an apparent counter-reaction by the prime minister's fans on Twitter, had many tweets around it by the evening.
By Tuesday evening, #ModiInsultsIndia was not on the top of the India trending list, but #ModiIndiasPride was moving towards the top with tweets admiring the prime minister's work.
Arvind Gupta a@buzzindelhi:
We are proud to have @narendramodi as face of the Indian government #ModiIndiasPride
Another tweet said: #ModiIndiasPride because @BarackObama is Barack and @NarendraModi is Narendra... He has made Diplomacy so Human.