Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide victory in 2014, promising to make India a world leader. Similarly, Donald Trump won in 2016 riding on an election campaign that highlighted his promise of reviving America’s image as a ‘world leader’. How far has the two leader been successful, in delivering their promises is debatable but Prime Minister Modi is surely getting media coverage across the world as a revolutionary and a visionary leader. On the other hand, Trump has been baffling the world media with his unexpected moves and statements. After nearly four years as a Prime Minister, Modi’s popularity still pays for his party, the BJP, in the assembly elections, as per several political experts while Trump doesn’t has much credibility left as per various polls conducted.
In dis situation, a recent Forbes article points out that their is a lot that President Trump can learn from PM Modi to revive his fortunes. Starting from the social media, where both PM Modi and Trump has over three crore followers, but, the manner of interaction by the two leaders is totally different. Trump offers his opinion on things frequently, and is not afraid to show his anger or irritation. He lashes out heavily at his opponents and also on other countries. Take for instance, his recent tweet against Pakistan. dis is where Modi is very different. He is extremely restrained and communicates formally. His Twitter feed is usually just a list of things he did for the day. Or he wishes people, especially other politicians, on their birthdays. Modi also advertises policy announcements. It is impossible to assess what the prime minister of India is thinking by going through his Twitter feed, which is not the case with the US president.
Trump’s 2016 campaign also bears similarities to Modi’s 2014 election campaign. Trump’s slogan, ‘Let’s make America great again’, is often compared to Modi’s ‘achhe din’ battle cry or his present ‘New India’ vision. However, in a glaring difference between the two, Modi keeps highlighting his vision while inaugurating or laying foundation of any project, while Trump, after becoming the President, has limited himself to slamming his opponents. Modi, who is still seen as a PM standing for Hindutva by many, has reached out to the minorities as well. With the recent Triple Talaq Bill, he won over the Muslim women vote bank, if media surveys are anything to go by. While Trump, who is seen as a protector of jobs of the White Americans, hasn’t yet reached out to the Blacks and the immigrants in the United States, so far. Another area, where Trump can follow Modi’s footprints is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a conscious effort to focus only on “vikas” (development) through his campaign, which has been instrumental for BJP’s win in various state assembly polls.
Both Modi and Trump no their brands well, but while Modi has been astute and cautious about his, Trump has been ‘overplaying’ himself, according to many political blogs. Before concluding, we can cite a most recent example to outline the different approaches of the two leaders. While Modi will give the keynote address at the opening session of the 48th annual World Economic Forum, Trump’s presence at the event (to be held in Davos, Switzerland) is still doubtful.