Donald Trump has called PM Modi the ‘father of India’ an an event in the US, saying Modi is someone who “brought India together when it was broken, in dissension, with a lot of fighting."
Trump is, however, well-known for making contentious remarks such as these and usually, his comments are not taken seriously by most people.
The title ‘Father of the Nation’ is, of course, used in reverence and love for Mahatma Gandhi; whose name is globally renowned for having shaken up a colonial superpower just with his philosophy of satyagraha . Still, certain people are cheering Trump’s comment.
For instance, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said, “Those unwilling to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "the father of India" cannot call themselves Indians.”
Is Modi, in the eyes of people cheering the uninformed comment by Trump, equal to the man who contributed significantly to get India her independence and her identity?
However, this is not new. A lot of people closely related to the BJP have often, called Modi the father of this country.
In a debate with Kanhaiya Kumar, Sambit Patra was heard saying “Baap hain Modi, humaare nahi, poore desh ke baap hai Modiji (he is the father of the whole country.)”
Just before the elections, AIADMK Minister, the then Tamil Nadu minister for Milk and Dairy Development K T Rajendra Balaji had said very proudly, “Modi is our daddy, he is our daddy, India's daddy.”
Vey recently, Amruta Fadnavis, singer and wife of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis; put out a video for PM Modi’s birthday singing and dancing on Iktara, calling him the “father of our country.” She tweeted the following: “Wishing the Father of our Country a very Happy Birthday - who inspires us to work relentlessly towards the betterment of the society!”
Twitterati, who are both enraged and amused by such statements and comments, have given vent to their feelings on the micro blogging site.