Photo of Modi leading Quad leaders creates social media storm

“Leading the world… a picture is worth a thousand words".

The four leaders of the Quad — the United States of America, Japan, India and Australia  — have wrapped up 2022 summit in Tokyo with a joint statement showcasing their “steadfast commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.”

Quad Leaders Summit in Tokya (Image Source: Twitter)
Quad Leaders Summit in Tokya (Image Source: Twitter)

In his opening address, India’s Prime MInister Narendra Modi emphasised that the Quad is a force for good and that the Quad has ensured peace, prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Before leaving Tokyo, Modi tweeted: “Glad to see the Quad emerge as a vibrant forum to further global good.”

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However in all the discussion and dialogue that happened in Tokyo, the photo that has gone viral on social media is the one showcasing Modi in front of everyone.

The photo was tweeted by Amit Malviya who is in-charge of Bhartiya Janta Party’s (BJP) National Information & Technology Department.

Malviya took to Twitter and shared the photo with the caption: “Leading the world… a picture is worth a thousand words”.

In this photo, widely shared on social media as #pictureoftheday, Modi can be seen walking down the stairs with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida with US President Joe Biden and Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese walking behind them.

Many BJP leaders and followers of Modi hailed the Indian prime minister as a “global leader”.

Arunachal Pradesh’s chief minister Pema Khandu shared the photo to express their admiration.

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BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra shared the photo with caption: “Vishwa guru Bharat” [world leader India].

While many opponents have questioned the hype of this picture, Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: “Seeing is believing.”

During his interaction with Australian prime minister, Modi extended an invitation to Anthony Albanese to visit India at an early date.

As Indian-Australians what are your thoughts on this photo?