NEW DELHI: Seeking to draw parallels between India and the US, American defence secretary Chuck Hagel said that there are few places in the world other than the two democratic countries where a tea-seller’s son can become the Prime Minister or a Kenyan’s child can become the president.
“There are few places in the world other than India and the US where the son of a tea-seller in a small-time town can rise to be the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) or the child of a Kenyan father can rise to be the President (Barack Obama),” he said while talking about the opportunities available in the two countries.
The American defence secretary was speaking at the silver jubilee function of the Observer’s Research Foundation (ORF).
Before joining politics and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Modi used to sell tea in trains and help his father run a small tea stall in Gujarat.
Obama’s father was of Kenyan origin and his mother an American citizen.
Thank god- TEA SELLER has WON, COUNTRY SELLERS HAVE GONE!!
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it seems Chuck Hagel had come well prepared 2 address us issues
This is the first time we see a common man (tea seller ) becomes PM of India………
That is the greatness of India! Even a tea seller can be prime minister of the country.
Hp Joshi (bharat)
we proud of Me.Modi. Only India can do.
that is so true.. It happens only in true democracy..
This is a great tribute to Indian Democracy.
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KN Punj (Unknown)
The US is really a business man. I you got something to trade/purchase, US will overlook everything.
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Raja Balu (chennai)
India is great…………..
It is pure democracy in India unlike all other places across the world. Indians are proud of it. Not only in words in deed too. Something to learn Mr. Chuck Hagel .
Kabira Jain (Unknown)
The irony is that when this chaiwala became CM, they rejected the visa and now that he is PM they are all gaga over it…too much opportunism!!
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EMMGEE (Some where in Mars)
….and a NEWSPAPER BOY can become the PRESIDENT…!!!!
Franca DeBois (Melbourne, Victoria, Aus) replies to EMMGEE
Yes, for that matter a wood cutter’s son can become a president in America. India is proud of PM Modi, who’ll lead India to new frontiers – beyond expectations.
Sigmaringen Francis (Kl)
What’s he going to say when he’s in England,”Only in England can a grocer’s daughter become PM.”
Mr. Hagel suggested that Modi should return to his old business.
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Rupesh Mohanty (Delhi)
India’s stature has increased considerably after Modi elect PM………………………….World start to see in respect…………….
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America has been seen to incline towards India at two times. First when NDA 1 test fire Nuclear Bomb, during Atal’s regime and now when NDA2 is there under Modi’s govt. What does it mean?
It’s better to have a confident tea seller’s son as PM rather having a foreign lady as proxy PM
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The US has a knack of flattering others if they have any use of them.
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Feeling proud to be an Indian… Modiji rocks … Fans are increasing as days progress…. Great going sirji… Long live modi… India needs a leader like you….
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Within 65 years of independence India has got elected women as both President and Prime Minister. But even after 200 years of independence US is yet to have a women as either President or Vice President.
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