Indian prime minister Narendra Modi plays drum along with members of the Indian community who gathered to bid him goodbye before his departure for India from Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. (ANI Photo)
INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi concluded his trip to Europe on Tuesday (2) after attending the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. However, as the leader is known to do in his foreign trips, he was seen making light interactions with the Indian diaspora in the Scottish city and even played a drum with members of the community dressed in traditional kurta-pyjamas. They gathered to bid goodbye to the Indian prime minister, who receives a warm welcome whenever he visits overseas.
As Modi, who had a busy time in Rome, Italy, where he attended the G20 Summit, and Glasgow, where he announced India’s ambitious net-zero emissions target by 2070 besides meeting several leaders over bilateral issues, was greeted by the local Indians as soon as he stepped out of the hotel he was staying in Glasgow. He interacted with several children, shook hands with them and gave them high-fives. He was also seen holding a cheerful toddler.
At the airport, too, Modi was greeted by the Indians who saw him off with beats of drums and loud cheering. Some even sought the prime minister’s autograph and he fulfilled their requests. When Modi was interacting with the drummers, he showed interest in playing the drum and someone forwarded him an instrument which he beat with a stick in his left hand.
Modi has been found beating drums during his foreign tours earlier as well. In 2014, he made the headlines by playing a drum alongside a Japanese drummer during his visit to Tokyo. In 2016, He was seen playing a drum energetically with late Tanzanian president John Magufuli during his visit to the African nation.
The opposition in India had criticised Modi over his act.