Modi ji has proved that you don't always have to spend thousands of dollars to impress people with your gifts. Because sometimes a small handcrafted item can do the magic better than a billion dollar donation. And how true is that, because a gift cannot be measured in its size or value of money, rather, it is measured with a warm smile that two people exchange while sharing it.
Ever since he was elected as the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has taken the decisions which weren't only good for his administration but have made we Indians feel proud of the country as well. And one of those subtle decisions that he has been making continuously for almost three years was visible during his current visit to the While House, Washington where he gifted something so rare and unique to American President Donald Trump, that it will be cherished for years to come.
It's a very formal tradition that whenever any President or Prime Minister goes to meet another world leader, they always keep delightful gifts on hands to share.
We at WittyFeed have compiled the list of the gifts that Modi has given to the world leaders.
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Prime Minister Modi handed over Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) to Nepal for their military operations. But, this was more of a political gesture than the actual gift. However, Modi's real gift came out when he revisited Nepal for the 18th SAARC summit.
"I have brought a sapling (plant) from Bodh Gaya which will be planted by our Ambassador in Lumbini," said Modi. A sapling is the symbol of Buddhist heritage while Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Narendra Modi visited Imperial Palace, Japan to meet Emperor Akihito. But, what remained the hottest topic of this meeting was the gift that Indian prime minister had decided for Japan; a holy Hindu scripture, Shreemad Bhagavad Gita.
As you have it, the most powerful nation in the world, America, welcomed Narendra Modi in the most grandeur ways possible. (Then) American President, Barack Obama had made Madison Square available for Modi to greet and meet his community people.
On the last day of his visit, Modi gifted a book (as you know it) Shreemad Bhagavad Gita and Gandhi's take on it to Obama; and apart from this, he also shared a rare Rogan painting created using 400-year-old art form practised by Muslim community in Gujarat.
In November 2014, with his visit to Australia, Narendra Modi had become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit there in 28 years. He resumed the dull relationship between the two nations by gifting Australian prosecutor John Lang's 1854 petition against the East India Company in support of Rani Lakshmibai. He also gifted the replica of First World War trophy with Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
At the time of his visit in April 2015, Narendra Modi had tweeted: "Presented Chancellor Angela Merkel with some manuscripts and papers by Sir C V Raman."
Undoubtedly, the 1930 Nobel Prize winner, C.V. Raman had deep ties with Germany for varied reasons. It was a German scientist, Von Helmholtz who had inspired him to pursue science as a career.
By this time, Modi had already earned the status of a Prime Minister who always carries unique gifts to share with his allies on his official foreign trips. And his this situation became even more intense when he gifted a 'Tree of Life' painting to the French President, Francois Hollande.
On his three days visit to Canada, in April 2015, Prime Minister Modi met the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and handed him over a miniature painting of Sikh holy God, Guru Nanak Dev sitting under a tree with his two disciples. The painting was made by Jaipur, India-based artist, Virender Bannu.
After his visit to Canada in April 2015, Prime Minister Modi headed to Mongolia in May. There he gifted, a specially commissioned copy of a rare 13th-century document on the memoir of Mongols from the Rampur Raza Library, Rampur.
The memoir, called Jamiut Tawarikh, was one of the ambitious plans initiated by the Ilkhanate king Ghazan Khan (1295-1304). The noble task was performed by the king's wazir Rasheeduddin Fazlullah Hamedani who penned it in Persian and narrated the history up to the reign of Oljeitju (1304-1316).
On his first trip to South Korea in May 2015, Modi gifted President Park Geun-Hye two finely composed pashmina stoles on which a poem that Rabindranath Tagore had written for Korea is hand-embroidered in English and Korean language.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office tweeted in May 2015 that PM presented President Xi Jinping the replicas of a stone casket of Buddhist relics and a rock statue of Lord Buddha.
By the end of 2015, when Modi visited Russia, the things turned upside down as Vladimir Putin, the Russian president had stealth the show with two big gifts that he presented to Indian Prime Minister Modi.
Putin gave it to Narendra Modi, a handwritten note of Mahatma Gandhi and a Bengali sword that was intricated with silver artwork.
After a very long time, the much-anticipated visit of Prime Minister Modi in the US ended on June 26th, 2017. Modi's visit was important for so many reasons, and the entire world was eyeing on it because the two business-minded world leaders won the election in their nation against all the odds while making the best use of the social media.
But, be it Obama or Trump, Indian Prime Minister Modi didn't forget his hamper to present in front of the oldest president of the most powerful country in the world. Gifts that Modi gave to the White House King included traditional hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, and honey and tea from Kangra valley.
Another rare gift from Modi to Trump was a folder comprising of an original memorial postage stamp published by India 52 years ago in 1965 to record the loss anniversary of the former US President Abraham Lincoln. The seal, sources told, signified the closeness of goals that Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi shared commonly.
Was Trump impressed? Well, it will be clear in coming years.
Just like Russia and unlike America, it was Netherlands' turn to shock the Indian Prime Minister. Narendra Modi, who uniquely handpicks gifts for foreign countries and their leaders during his official trips, was startled when Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte handed him over a bicycle.
We hope to add some more exciting 'gift facts' to this story. If there's something we've missed, then do mention it in the comment box below.
That's all, folks!