India has been visited by different world leaders from time to time. Indian leaders have introduced their India to these world leaders in many ways. The way a leader introduces his country to other world leaders speaks a lot about him, the respect he has for his country and what he wants the world to know about his country.
In 1962, when Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru was the Indian Prime Minister, India was visited by some American guests which included the then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Here is a photograph of Mr. Nehru showing India’s tradition as a poor snake charmer entertains the then First Lady and the guests:
Years later, after Mr. Narendra Modi has become the Indian Prime Minister, India continues to be visited by international guests and world leaders. But now the scenario has changed. In 2015, Modi invited the US President Mr Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations. When Obama was in India, Modi left no stone unturned to introduce India to him. Modi was hospitable enough to present a cup of tea to Obama in the lawns of Hyderabad House, get him offered the Guard of Honour by a lady Wing Commander, showing the dignity of the Indian woman, and then finally witnessing India’s grand Republic Day celebrations with him.
This December, India was visited by the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe. Modi was seen introducing India to the Japanese PM in different ways, including one in which both of them witnessed the Ganga Aarti in Varanasi and Mr. Abe got a glimpse of the rich Indian tradition. Abe was also seen in a “Modi Jacket”, displaying the personal tinge that Modi generates among his international counterparts.
So there has been a stark difference between how Indian leaders have introduced their country to the world. India, under the leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi is changing and now its for you to decide if India is getting the spotlight that ought to be hers long back.
Here are a few pictures of Mr. Abe’s visit to Varanasi, India: