Julian Assange to Al Gore on NaMo chant.

Prominent figures in the West — from former Vice President Al Gore to controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — were chanting NaMo last week.

The ongoing crisis in Iraq that saw many Indian citizens stranded in that country gripped much of the international attention last week as did the efforts by the Narendra Modi Government to bring them back to India. Narendra Modi’s postponed visit to Japan also created some buzz as did the speculation on his attending the FIFA World Cup finals ahead of the BRICS summit in Brazil. Team NitiCentral takes a look at all the international buzz on India during the week ending June 21 including why prominent figures in the West from former Vice President Al Gore to controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange were chanting NaMo last week.

Let us first begin this week’s round up with the bizarre comments on Narendra Modi by Julian Assange. The Wikileaks founder and notorious whistle blower in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, according to Michael Oleaga of Latin Post, described the Indian PM as a business authoritarian whose landmark victory in the elections was an ‘interesting development.’ Commenting on the change that Narendra Modi is likely to bring around, Assange said that it was an ‘open question whether Modi will bring more good than bad to India’.   Assange’s comments on Modi shouldn’t surprise us for the WikiLeaks had desperately sought a role in the Indian Elections with some highly forgettable “leaks” that found resonance with none, with the exception of the Aam Admi Party’s supporters on social media.

 

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