Twiplomacy… Contrasting first few days of 2018 for two leaders from two worlds

The reality on the ground is quite similar as it is in the virtual world. As both have a big chunk of trolls, who bash the opposition and its followers, a bit of fake followers who are bots or they don’t exist on paper and at last too many haters! who bash every decision made by their governments. Wait! How I forget spectator like me who are monitoring the tweets and making the stories like this for you. – Prerna Sanjay*

Masses in the United States and India are undergoing moderately similar avalanches in their politics. Upshots like the national anthem, significant economic amelioration, dealing with their traditional arch-enemies in their very own aggressive manners & internationally criticised by the left-libertarians.

Both of the world leaders are particularly ubiquitous on Twitter and according to the data released by the Twitter, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the “most tweeted about world leader” after US president Donald Trump in 2017.

Taking the diplomacy to the next level, chronicling their ubiquity on the social media platforms, both the leaders Narendra Modi and Donald Trump never miss a chance to reach the New Global Order.

President Trump started this year with his bashing tweet about Pakistan, which created a intense impact on the U.S-Pakistan relations shaking the entire subcontinent, offering an upper hand to the Indian Policymakers and following his tweet the tremors were felt in the UN headquarters when Nikki Haley bashed Pakistan for misusing their funds for the terror activities in Afghanistan, signaling an Indian support in the UNGA. This tweet represents the hawkish policy from the White House, whereas the PM Modi’s first-day tweet complimented all those who have worked on the PMO India Assamese and Manipuri website, in a simple interactive tweet entreating people to share their feedbacks. In this wise move, he tried cementing the Act East Policy and bringing the North East India much closer to New Delhi, this could be seen as a constructive diplomacy.

Moving ahead, Trump tweeted next on the Israel & Palestine issue taking Pakistan in the loop and wrote

“It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

On the other hand, Indian PM played a wise game greeting the Heroes of Indian Development and unveiling the soft power of India to the World.

Trump & Modi, both are very expressive, though Trump is using tweeter as his mouthpiece to the world due to his minimal interest in the American media he tweeted “I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!”

Many analysed and expressed concern over this, Richard Haass president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book “A World In Disarray.” in an interview to NPR compared Trump’s tweet as “The words of the president are the most valuable currency the United States has in some ways. It’s critical to reassuring allies. It’s critical to informing the American public. It’s critical to warn or deterring enemies out there.” He continues saying “the idea that it would be done casually or impulsively seems to me to undermine one of the most important tools the president of the United States has in his possession.”

He was referring to the tweets Trump made for the North Korea and Kim-Jong-Un in which Trump threatened North Korean regime of harsh action. He tweeted “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” which reflects the new era of geopolitics where the threats are made through the posts and war is been fought in the comments of the twitter accounts of both leaders, where with 46 Million & 39 Million followers Trump and Modi created an army of people with the nationalist approaches, and pro to their governments.

However, the reality on the ground is quite similar as it is in the virtual world. As both have a big chunk of trolls, who bash the opposition and its followers, a bit of fake followers who are bots or they don’t exist on paper and at last too many haters! who bash every decision made by their governments. Wait! How I forget spectator like me who are monitoring the tweets and making the stories like this for you.

Also Read: How World Reacted to Trump’s Decision to Move Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Prerna Sanjay is the Editor – The Kootneeti. Her areas of interest include the changing European policies and the contemporary digital diplomacy.

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  1. Jyoti Shukla says:

    Awesome compilation

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