June 2, 2023

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday was all praises for Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s oratory skills, saying the Indian leader is “spectacular” and had the people in the “palm of his hands”.

“I had the opportunity to visit India with President (Barack) Obama. After President Obama and Prime Minister Modi had an exchange with the business community, we went to a room where the two leaders made their appearance. I must say Prime Minister Modi made one of the most fantastic speeches ever I have heard,” she said in a conversation with Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) John Chambers at the second edition of the event here.

“He (Modi) spoke in English. It was very inspirational and he spoke about values about all the things we talk about like valuing our planet and people… But it was quite spectacular and different. We have our vision, knowledge and strategy. But message is important and he is a master in that. He had the audience in the palm of his hands,” she remarked. 

Calling herself a “worshipper” of Mahatma Gandhi, she recalled an incident saying, “I was wearing a hat in the school and a nun asked me that `who do think you are? Mahatma Gandhi?` I had no idea about it.” “I went to the library and there was a lot of books on Mahatma Gandhi back in the 1950s. At college, I used to get all the books on Mahatma Gandhi in the class. I learnt more and more about him. I became completely worshipping at the shrine of Mahatma Gandhi,” she continued.

She said that civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. had visited India in the 1950s where he studied about Mahatma Gandhi and learnt about non-violence and `satyagraha`, which she stressed was “insistence of truth”.

“The 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 90th anniversary of Martin Luther King is a strong connection for all of us,” Pelosi underlined while calling `satyagraha` as a spiritual gift that India has given to the US.The Speaker underlined that the US is “blessed” with the Indian diaspora in her country.

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