Indian prime minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural keynote address today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, initiating the start of the annual high-profile gathering of business leaders, economists, and journalists from influential nations.
If you want wealth and wellness, come to India.
If you want health and wholeness, come to India.
If you want prosperity and peace, come to India! pic.twitter.com/SsPe77fos0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 23, 2018
Modi’s appearance marks the first time in decades that an Indian prime minister attended the event. Also scheduled to give their own speeches are French president Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and United States President Donald Trump.
But while India’s growing influence in the world stage brought about by recent economic progress has commanded respect and recognition from other Western economies, there are apparently some things that simply refuse to “grow” well with the times.
According to The Washington Post, the POTUS, of stable, genius mind, has exhibited a tendency to mock the Indian leader’s accent and imitate the way he speaks.
“Senior administration officials said that the president has been known to affect an Indian accent and imitate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” according to a report by writers Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan.
It was not reported if the president was joking or actually insulting the Indian leader.
The report, which tackled the US’s plans to increase the number of troops deployed to Afghanistan, noted that Modi told Trump during a meeting at the Oval Office last year, “Never has a country given so much away for so little in return as the United States in Afghanistan.”
Hopefully, Trump can keep himself from blurting out his use of fake Indian accent during a meeting with Modi to avoid, not only embarrassing the United States, but also any potential harm that could affect discussions on relevant issues between two nations.