What “Personal” Friendship do PMs Modi and Lee Have?

I am glad ties between Singapore and India are getting stronger. The Indian media, based on what I see on TV channels and read on news apps, have pushed to the backburner the visit of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to India.

But I am amused by the statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “I deeply value your personal friendship, and your leadership in taking our bilateral relationship forward.” Mr Modi was referring to Mr Lee, whom he called a friend of India.

What personal friendship is he talking about? Did they go to school together? Worked together? Or have the two really hit it off? Perhaps it was just a friendly gesture to a visiting PM!

I cannot, however, ignore Mr Modi’s habit of boasting about “personal” friendships he has with world leaders, including with US President Barack Obama.


G Joslin Vethakumar


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