PM Narendra Modi has always been known for choosing gifts which represent the heritage of India. His foreign allies and counterparts have always been at the receiving end of gifts coming from India, with love. From a small item of handicraft to antique models of ancient India, PM Modi chooses his gifts very wisely. He makes sure that it’s not the denomination behind it which speaks but its relevance.

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From 2014, India has seen a wave of change which is mostly for good. With multiple decisions taken for the growth of our country and people, Narendra Modi has proved to be a Prime Minister of people, for people and by the people.

While there were many of us criticizing our Prime Minister for his visits abroad, now we know it’s always worth it. We seek betterment from those visits and the foreign counterparts receive good gifts, which speak volumes about Narendra Modi’s truly Indian choice.

So let’s have a quick flashback of the best gifts given by PM Modi to his foreign allies:

  1. The first visit of PM Modi was to Bhutan

Modi's first foreign trip as the Prime Minister of India was planned for Bhutan.

As a token of kindness to Bhutan, Modi doubled the scholarships for Bhutan children and said that India will now assist Bhutan to set-up a digital library that’d help 2 million Bhutanese young students.

2. Then he went to Nepal

PM Modi's second trip was to Nepal.

On the political front, Narendra Modi handed over Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) to Nepal for their military operations and as a gift he gave a sapling from Bodh Gaya when he revisited Nepal for 18th SAARC summit. That sapling was planted by Ambassador in Lumbini. A sapling is the symbol of Buddhist heritage while Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

3. PM Modi’s visit to Japan

Narendra Modi then went to Japan.

In Japan, what became a big news was PM Modi’s gift as he gifted a holy Hindu scripture, Shreemad Bhagavad Gita to Emperor Akihito.

4. His visit to the USA remains a classic

After all of these, it was USA that prepped to host the newly elect Prime Minister of India.

The United States of America welcomed India’s Prime Minister with a grand ceremony. (Then) American President, Barack Obama had made Madison Square available for Modi to greet and meet his community people. As a gift, PM Modi gave Shreemad Bhagavad Gita and Gandhi’s take on it to Obama and a rare Rogan painting created using 400-year-old art form practised by Muslim community in Gujarat.

5. PM Modi’s visit to Australia

Narendra Modi meets his counterpart of Australia, Tony Abbott.

Narendra Modi visited Australia in 2014 and made history as he became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit there in 28 years. Adding a spark towards the friendly relations between the two countries, PM Modi gifted Tony Abbott, an Australian prosecutor John Lang’s 1854 petition against the East India Company in support of Rani Lakshmibai. He also gifted the replica of First World War trophy to Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

6. When he met German chancellor, Merkel

Prime Minister Modi meets Chancellor of Germany, Merkel.

When PM Modi visited Angela Merkel in 2015 he gifted her some manuscripts and papers by Sir C V Raman. The significance of this gift is that CV Raman who was a Nobel Prize winner was deeply inspired by a German scientist, Von Helmholtz who started his science career. 

7. When French President visited India

France President, Francois Hollande with Modi.

By the time of Francois Hollande’s visit to the country, Modi had a media impression of choosing his gifts wisely so he made sure to pick a good one for Francois too. He gifted a ‘Tree of Life‘ painting to the French President.

8. When Modi met former PM of Canada, Stephen Harper

Modi meeting the (then) Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Modi met the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper in 2015 and gifted him a miniature painting of Sikh holy God, Guru Nanak Dev sitting under a tree with his two disciples. The painting was made by Jaipur, India-based artist, Virender Bannu.

9. When PM Modi met Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

Modi taking a selfie on iPhone with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

In Mongolia, PM Modi gifted a specially commissioned copy of a rare 13th-century document on the memoir of Mongols from the Rampur Raza Library, Rampur. This came out to be a rather thoughtful gift from his end as it had a historical connect with Mongolia and it’s people.

10. Prime Minister Modi with former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye

Prime Minister Modi with former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye

When Modi visited South Korea for the first time in 2015, he gifted fine Pashmina stoles with Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry for Korea on it. It was written in English and Korean language and President Park Geun-Hye was delighted to receive it.

11. When Modi met Xi Jinping

Modi with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping

PM presented President Xi Jinping the replicas of a stone casket of Buddhist relics and a rock statue of Lord Buddha.

12. When PM Modi met Vladimir Putin

Russian President welcomes Prime Minister Modi.

When the two global leaders met, Vladimir Putin’s gift was a rather thoughtful one as he gave a handwritten note of Mahatma Gandhi and a Bengali sword that was intricated with silver artwork, to PM Modi.