by: Prof. Jasim Mohammad
s world celebrates Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 73rd birthday, it’s not just a moment to honor another year in the life of an extraordinary leader but also an opportunity to recognize his significant contributions to international diplomacy and his numerous civilian awards, which underscore his global impact.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again reaffirmed his global popularity, surpassing both US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the rankings. These rankings were unveiled by Morning Consult, a renowned global decision intelligence firm known for tracking major decisions made by leaders worldwide.
According to Morning Consult’s data, Prime Minister Modi claimed the top spot with an impressive approval rating of 76 percent, firmly securing his place as a globally admired leader. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador secured the second position in this esteemed ranking.
Prime Minister Modi has established himself as a global diplomat par excellence. His adept handling of international relations and unwavering commitment to strengthening India’s position in global affairs have garnered international recognition.
Prime Minister Modi has established himself as a global diplomat par excellence, garnering international recognition through notable awards and honors. Papua New Guinea awarded him the Companion of the Order of Logohu for championing unity among Pacific Island countries. Fiji honored him with the Companion of the Order of Fiji for outstanding global leadership. The Republic of Palau conferred the Ebakl Award, symbolizing his influence in the Pacific region.
Bhutan bestowed the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, reflecting strong bilateral ties. The US Government recognized him with the Legion of Merit. Bahrain awarded the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance, strengthening Gulf ties. The Maldives honored him with the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddin. Russia granted the Order of St. Andrew, and the UAE awarded the Order of Zayed. Palestine recognized him with the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine Award, and Afghanistan honored him with the State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan. Saudi Arabia conferred the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Also, organizations recognized his leadership, including the Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award, Global Goalkeeper’ Award, Champions of The Earth Award, and the Seoul Peace Prize, highlighting his global impact.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s global stature and leadership have earned him widespread praise from influential figures across the world. From tech magnate Elon Musk to renowned investor Ray Dalio and notable US senators, accolades for PM Modi have poured in. Musk commended his social media influence and expressed Tesla’s interest in investing in India, highlighting India’s promise.
Ray Dalio praised his efforts to improve India’s business environment and confidently stated that his time aligns with India’s ascent on the global stage. US senators like Mark Warner and Vice-President Kamala Harris have also lauded his leadership. President Joe Biden emphasized India’s importance in the Indo-Pacific region during the Quad meeting and playfully suggested taking Modi’s autograph. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese faced overwhelming demand for an event featuring Modi, reflecting the PM’s popularity.
These praises underscore the impact of Modi’s radio show, “Mann Ki Baat,” in connecting with the nation. His empathetic approach and understanding of grassroots realities have solidified his position as a leader who drives change both domestically and internationally, leveraging digital platforms to effectively communicate government initiatives.
His global leadership was exceptionally evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. India, under his guidance, played a vital role in aiding other nations during these challenging times. The “Vaccine Maitri” initiative, launched in January 2021, aimed to provide COVID-19 vaccines to neighboring and partner countries.
Through Vaccine Maitri, India supplied millions of vaccine doses to countries in South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and beyond, extending a helping hand to those in need. This initiative exemplified India’s commitment to global health and solidarity during a time of crisis.
The first G20 Summit hosted by India was a watershed moment for the Indian government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It marked a significant milestone, projecting both as world leaders capable of shaping the global discourse. Notably, the summit achieved consensus resolutions, even amidst differences over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Also, the inclusion of the African Union in the grouping expanded its scope and influence.
Today, Prime Minister Modi celebrates his 73rd birthday, his leadership and contributions on the international stage serve as a testament to India’s growing prominence and its role as a global leader. His dynamic diplomacy and numerous international awards reflect not only his personal achievements but also India’s journey toward a brighter future on the global stage.
Author is Professor of Comparative Literature, AUS & Chairman of Centre for Narendra Modi Studies (CNMS), New Delhi. He can be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org