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After Donald Trump's "India Filthy" Remark, "Howdy Modi" Trends On Twitter
Last year Delhi was declared the most polluted city by IQ Air Visual, a portal that tracks global air quality levels.
After Donald Trump's "India Filthy" Remark, "Howdy, Modi" Trends On Twitter
New Delhi: US Presidents Donald Trump's remark about "filthy air in Inda during the presidential debate early Friday morning has made headline and provoked reactions on Twitter, with views ranging reactions, the country digs at PM Modi over his "great friendship" with the American President and last year's "Howdy, Modi" event.
President Trump who last month hailed his "great friend" PM Modi and claimed the support of Indian Americans voting in next month's election-referred to "filthy air" in India as he defended his decision to pull out of the Paris accord.
"... Look at India. The air is filthy. I walked out of the Paris Accord as we had to take out trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly," he said.
Whereas comment led to both "#FilthyIndia" and "Howdy, Modi"trending on Twitter in the country with many posting photographs of the polluted cityscapes to highlight their concern.
"It's hurting, but we can't force someone to respect us. Respect earned not demanded. Folded hands. Our next goals should be 1. Discourage private fossil fuel vehicles. 2. Subsidize public transport. 3. Promote E-vehicles. 4. No vehicle zones. 6. Public transport day," tweeted one user, attaching an aerial shot of the smog-covered Delhi with the national flag flying in the background.
#FilthyIndia 😔— Paras Bhardwaj (@officialparasb) October 23, 2020
It’s hurting, but we can’t force someone to respect us.
Respect earned not demanded. 🙏🏻
Our next goals should be:
1. Discourage private fossil fuel vehicles.
2. Subsidize public transport
3. Promote E-vehicles
4. No vehicle zones
6. Public transport day pic.twitter.com/grS9Owh3WV
Other users took screenshots from the central government's app to monitor the air pollution level in Delhi and contrasted it with that from a similar app for the US capital Washington DC.
I remember when I landed in Delhi after years and walked out of the airport, my eyes started burning and watering.— Vaidehi 🇮🇳 🕉️ (@dharmicverangna) October 23, 2020
Delhi's air quality is filthy. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. #FilthyIndia
"Delhi's Air Quality Index is 567... Washington DC's Air Quality Index is 25 - Pic 1: Delhi, Pic 2: Washington DC... And, we are to blame. We need to change our ways. Don't give "pollution less" gyaan only on Diwali. Follow that lifestyle all through the year," the tweet read.
Why our government not accepting the climate change. Instead of wasting money on mandir, statue etc. Gov should take step to fight with pollution and climate change. Look how much polluted Delhi's air is #FilthyIndia #GoBackModi pic.twitter.com/OM8vmhbcVd— IamManvi (@ManviIam) October 23, 2020
Congress leader Kapil Sibal was among those tweeting jibes at PM Modi over his "Howdy, Modi!" event. He wrote: "Trump: Fruits of Friendship: 1) Questions India's Covid death toll, 2) Says India sends dirt up into the air... India's air is "filthy", 3) Calls India "tariff king"... The result of "Howdy, Modi!"
Trump : Fruits of Friendship— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) October 23, 2020
1) Questions India’s COVID death toll
2) Says India sends dirt up into the air
India “ air is filthy “
3) Called India “ tariff king “
The result of “Howdy Modi “ !
PM Modi's visit to the US last year and Mr. Trump's in February were touted as proof of the good relationship between the two nations. Donald Trump has frequently praised PM Modi and "incredible" India since, particularly as he persuades Indian American to vote for him.
Senior researcher and columnist Michael Kugleman asked: "After Trump's multiple unflattering references to India in these debates, will Narendra Modi reconsider the endorsement he appeared to offer to candidate Trump at the "Howdy Modi" shindig sometime back?"One user posted a photograph of PM Modi hugging Mr. Trump, with the caption: "After this event (a reference to "Howdy, Modi!") Trump called India "filthy".
After Trump's multiple unflattering references to India in these debates, will Narendra Modi reconsider the endorsement he appeared to offer to candidate Trump at the "Howdy Modi" shindig some time back?— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) October 23, 2020
This is for the second time Mr. Trump has made a critical reference to India during the presidential debate.
The United States presidential election is scheduled for November 3. Around 46 million have already voted in early election amid fears over the coronavirus.