Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u2019s hectic travel schedule over the past four-and-a-half years cost Indian taxpayers about $280 million as he made 84 trips around the world, according to India\u2019s foreign ministry. The money spent on each trip, combined with the cost of maintenance on Air India One and setting up a secure hotline, was provided in a response to a lawmaker\u2019s question in parliament by V.K. Singh, the country\u2019s junior foreign minister. Since taking office, Modi has maintained a punishing pace of world travel, meeting some global leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe multiple times in a bid to boost India\u2019s influence in global affairs and secure its strategic interests. ALSO READ I\u00a0Raghuram Rajan\u2019s veiled attack on Modi govt! India not creating enough jobs; no improvement in fisc Some of his trips, including an informal summit with Xi Jinping in the Chinese city of Wuhan, are credited as diplomatic successes. His meeting with China\u2019s leader after a tense stand-off in the Himalayas was seen as ushering in a detente between the world\u2019s two most-populous countries. Others generated some controversy. His trip to Japan in 2016 - which came immediately after Modi eliminated 86 percent of India\u2019s currency, sending millions into bank queues to exchange worthless cash - led to accusations by the opposition that he was traveling the world while ordinary Indians were struggling. Some were also a bit odd. While on a trip to Africa, Modi - a vegetarian and devout Hindu nationalist who reveres and worships bovines - gave Rwandan villagers 200 dairy cows on a beef-eating continent where there is a possibility of them getting slaughtered. He also signed a memorandum of understanding to open a yoga college in China\u2019s Yunnan province, and pledged to cooperate with Turkmenistan on both yoga and traditional Indian medicine, according to the statement. These sorts of agreements - aspirational, though sometimes vaguely-worded - were signed with countries as varied as China and Palestine. In Oman, a memorandum of understanding was signed pledging "cooperation in the field of health." In Portugal, Modi\u2019s diplomats pledged to cooperate "in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes," an agreement India also struck with Vietnam and Oman.