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PM Modi's hilarious tweet about his interview with Times Now

Author: Shailaja Neelakantan
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 28, 2016
URL:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modis-hilarious-tweet-about-his-interview-with-Times-Now/articleshow/52950072.cms

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wry sense of humour was in play when he tweeted on Monday to alert his followers about his upcoming television interview with Times Now's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.

Riffing on Goswami's signature phrase, "the nation needs to know", PM Modi+ tweeted:

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Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Does the nation want to know what I frankly shared with Mr. Arnab Goswami? Find out 6 PM onwards on @timesnow.
5:22 PM - 27 Jun 2016
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The PM has displayed his humourous side before, even laughing at himself, sometimes.
He famously conveyed birthday wishes to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the wrong day, on February 12.
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Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Happy birthday @ashrafghani. Praying for your long life & exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead.
3:16 PM - 12 Feb 2016
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Ghani sportingly tweeted back:
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Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Happy birthday @ashrafghani. Praying for your long life & exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead.
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Ashraf Ghani @ashrafghani
@narendramodi Greetings from Munich Mr. PM. Although, my Birthday is on 19th May, but I'd still like to thank you for your gracious words :)
10:27 PM - 12 Feb 2016
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Modi was trolled for getting the date wrong.
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Ashraf Ghani @ashrafghani
@narendramodi Greetings from Munich Mr. PM. Although, my Birthday is on 19th May, but I'd still like to thank you for your gracious words :)
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R K Saxena @rks17353
@ashrafghani Congratulations for your rebirth Sir. @narendramodi
8:44 AM - 13 Feb 2016 · Jaipur, India, भारत
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Ashraf Ghani @ashrafghani
@narendramodi Greetings from Munich Mr. PM. Although, my Birthday is on 19th May, but I'd still like to thank you for your gracious words :)
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SIDAARRTH SHINDE @sidaarrthshinde
@ashrafghani @narendramodi This is what happens when the internet becomes the 'source' of 'information.' Happy b'day in advance though :)
12:30 AM - 13 Feb 2016
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But he took it in good spirit. And on the day when it actually was Afghan President Ghani's birthday, on May 19, the PM tweeted:
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Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Happy Birthday President @ashrafghani…got the date right this time. :)
6:09 AM - 19 May 2016
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In Monday's interview with Times Now, when asked about his humourous address to the US Congress on his recent visit to Washington, the PM acknowledged he has a sense of humour, but it was what he said after that, that will give readers pause.

"I have a humourous side, but these days humour can be a risky thing," the PM said.

It was interesting that the social media savvy PM was saying humour is risky . Was he perhaps referring to the many recent controversies, including the one over the Snapchat video by Tanmay Bhatt?

The PM was asked why he thought humour is risky.

"In this era of 24/7 news channels, anybody can lift a small word and make a big issue out of it. But I will tell you the truth, the reason for the absence of humour in public life is this fear. I am myself scared. Earlier when I used to make speeches, I would make it so humourous but there would never be any issues," the PM said.

"Have you become more conscious now?" Times Now's Goswami asked.

"I am not conscious. I am in fear, there is no humour left in public life because of this fear. Everyone is scared. I am in fear. My speeches used be humourous. I see it in Parliament, that humour is finished there too. It is a matter of concern. I will quote one proverb," the PM said.

But then he didn't even cite the proverb. Why?

"Even if you mention a proverb, they will connect it with something else and begin a conversation. The one who is saying the proverb does not know for what he is speaking," PM Modi said.

The message is clear: The PM wants the nation to know that it needs to bring funny back.
 
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