Washington, Apr.16 : Describing Prime Minister as India's "reformer-in-chief", U.S. President Barack Obama has said that the former's rise from poverty to be the leader of the world's largest democracy reflects India's rise in the comity of nations, as also its dynamism.
In an article for the Time magazine, which has just announced that Narendra Modi is one of the 100 most influential people of the world in 2015, President Obama has praised Modi for his ambitious vision to help more Indians to overcome socio-economic injustices like poverty, lack of education and disempowered women.
"Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he's (Modi) laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India's true economic potential while confronting climate change," said President Obama.
He further stated, "Like India, he (Modi) transcends the ancient and the modern-a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a "Digital India."
Recalling Prime Minister Modi's visit to Washington in September 2014, President Obama said that their visit to the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. allowed both to reflect "on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect."
He concluded his article by saying that, "Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than one billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world."
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