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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kyrgyzstan capital and said he showed the world a non-violent way to effect change.

Modi said though it was his first visit to Central Asia, he was fortunate to unveil statues of Mahatma Gandhi in two countries.

On Saturday, Modi had unveiled a bust of Gandhi at a traditional medicine and yoga centre in Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat.

He said the world today was facing two big challenges of terrorism and climate change and “Mahatma Gandhi alone shows us how to deal with both”.

Modi later tweeted that he was “happy to see the enthusiasm during inauguration of Gandhi ji’s bust. Several people from Indian community, mostly young students joined”.

“Our nations, Kyrgyzstan and India, are connected by geography, history and culture. Non-violence and dialogue are the ways ahead. Violence is no solution and Mahatma Gandhi has demonstrated that,” he said.

“Violence has not done any good for anyone. Look back at history, violence has never brought satisfaction to anyone. It was Mahatma Gandhi who has shown a way to mitigate these two menaces, terror and climate change,” he said.

“Everybody desires freedom but here was a person who showed the way through non-violence, Satyagraha,” Modi said.

Earlier, accompanied by Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Temir Sariyev, Modi inaugurated a tele-link between Osh city, Bishkek and AIIMS and Apollo Hospitals of New Delhi.

He also watched doctors of the two sides interacting through the tele-link at the National Centre for Cardiology and Internal Medicine in Bishkek.

Modi also visited the Kyrgyz-India Mountain Biomedical Research Centre and interacted with scientists at Tuya Ashu pass via video conference.

(With inputs from 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)