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Modi-Sharif talks: India, Pakistan agree to expedite 26/11 attack trial

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Ufa (Russia): India and Pakistan on Friday agreed to expedite the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial.

In a joint briefing after an hour-long meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif here, Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries said the two sides will “discuss all outstanding issues” and agreed on expediting the Mumbai terror attack trial.

Reading out a joint statement, the foreign secretaries of both countries, Pakistan’s Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and India’s S. Jaishankar, said that the Modi-Sharif meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

“The two leaders exchanged views of bilateral and regional interest.”

“Both sides agreed to expedite Mumbai attack trials, including providing voice samples,” Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said.

Nawaz Sharif invited Modi to visit Pakistan for the SAARC summit in 2016. Modi accepted the invite.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary said Pakistan and India will promote peace and development in the region and to do so “they are ready to discuss all outstanding issues”.

He also said both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms.

The two refused to take any questions.

The two countries also agreed to free the fishermen of the other country in custody, hold meeting of national security advisers of both countries in New Delhi, increasing religious tourism, and meetings on DG Border Security Force with Pakistani counterpart and Director Generals of Military Operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif concluded their bilateral talks here on Friday.

(IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Engages with Celebrities to Boost Visibility

Ahead of the 2019 elections, Modi has been increasingly reaching out to Bollywood celebrities to urge citizens to cast their vote

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged with celebrities across different fields effectively on social media in the run-up to the 2014 general elections to raise his visibility and further his electoral ambitions, as per a US study.

Joyojeet Pal, an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, examined more than 9,000 tweets from @narendramodi between February 2009 and October 2015 to research Modi’s engagement with Indian public figures before and after elections.

As per the study, ‘Brand Modi: Decoding social media engagement with celebrities’, there were three distinct phases of engagement that happened in the six years for which he studied Modi’s tweets.

It was noticed in the first phase, Modi reached out to Amitabh Bachchan, businessman Narayana Murthy, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. “By engaging with them, he presented the idea that people outside his core support group and with broad followings were willing to engage with him,” Pal said.

Around 2013, his approach moved to getting support for his campaign by referring to various celebrities in his tweets, posing with them, and in some cases, getting their outright endorsement for the campaign. During this phase, celebrity engagement was mainly through pictures showing affiliation.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi.(Wikimedia Commons)

The efforts rounded off post-election when Modi called on celebrities primarily as champions for his initiatives.

According to Pal, this was the phase when Modi presented his initiatives as campaigns with national appeal rather than something imposed on the country.

This, Pal said, was particularly seen with Swachh Bharat, a national movement to clean up India’s roads and infrastructure, and, subsequently, with demonetisation. Celebrity engagement at these points presents the views of a collaborative, thoughtful leader.

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Number of Modi’s Twitter followers stands at 46.6 million, and he continues to engage with celebrities.

Ahead of the 2019 elections, Modi has been increasingly reaching out to Bollywood celebrities to urge citizens to cast their vote. (IANS)