Modi: 1yr ago,Indians abroad celebrated our win. And sang, the bad days are gone. earlier you were ashamed,today you are proud of India
— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) May 16, 2015
“Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian, now you feel proud to represent the country. Indians abroad had all hoped for a change in government last year,” Modi was quoted as saying by the Hindu.
Earlier you felt ashamed of being born Indian. PM Modi. pic.twitter.com/nqf011895P Via @seemagoswami
— Kashif Qaimi (@kashif_Qaimi) May 18, 2015
But it seemed to have been a self-goal as indignation and outrage simmered on Twitter, with demands for apologies:
What levels of arrogance must it be to go on an international forum and insult your country as a PM? #ModiApologize #ModiInsultsIndia
— SiLLy (@Si_LLy) May 18, 2015
What followed instead was news of another variation of the same thought, this time from Seoul, where Modi addressed a grand reception with almost 1500 people in attendance.
Modi said that people used to lament about what sin they had committed in their previous birth that they were born in India. There used to be a point in time when people used to regret being born in India and businessmen wanted to leave the country for better opportunities abroad, he said. But now, he added, those people are saying they are ready to come back even if their incomes are lower than in other places. "The mood has changed," he added, going on to assert that his government had changed sentiments within one year of assuming office.
The response was instantaneous.
With due respect to PM & the NRIs in Seoul cheering him, I don't believe we were ever ashamed of being Indian at any time. Say if u disagree
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) May 18, 2015
Issue has to be taken up all parties and Modi should be made to apologize for his remarks. Cant get away always #ModiInsultsIndia"
— ProudToBeBornIndian (@anamsultan22) May 19, 2015
More outrage followed on Twitter, with a lot of back and forth between the so called 'adarsh liberals' and the right-wing proponents and humour was only a byproduct waiting to be unleashed. Within a few hours the hashtag #ModiInsultsIndia was trending.
#AdarshLiberals who said they will leave India once NaMo comes to power and those who mocked Indian rescue workers are Proud Indians today!
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) May 18, 2015
Will Modi be equally proud showing off selfies with our poor kids bending over bidis they are being forced to roll in "family enterprises"?
— RaviKunnath (@KunnathRavi) May 17, 2015
"HOW DARE MODI SAY THAT" *writes 200 angry tweets* *gets stuck in bad traffic* "Iss country ka kuch nahi ho sakta" #ModiInsultsIndia
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) May 19, 2015
The "my PM is a big proud imposing world figure" argument has limited cachet before it starts backfiring in India. Careful.
— SayNoToPaneer (@sidin) May 17, 2015
Proud Indian is a state of mind.
— || Bajirao || (@bizzarebhide) May 19, 2015
Suprabhatam! Always proud to be Indian. Have a great day.
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 19, 2015
Maharana Pratap was ashamed of being an Indian until Narendra Modi became PM - Zee News— Ashamed Jumla Man™ (@jumla_man) May 18, 2015
Prime Minister Modi should speak for himself. I have always been proud of being an Indian. Haven't you? pic.twitter.com/XeoCBHKdyf
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) May 18, 2015
Remember the days when #AdarshLiberals proudly said they identified Internet Hindus by checking whether the Twitter bio says 'Proud Indian'
— IndiaSpeaks (@IndiaSpeaksPR) May 19, 2015
2002 Gujarat riot victims say they would be proud to be Indian if they were still alive
— RushdieExplainsIndia (@RushdieExplains) May 19, 2015
Modi tricked us into being proud of our country
— Buls (@boogerworm) May 19, 2015
My only problem with this Modi's statement is - not feeling proud even now. pic.twitter.com/QlNJMlCDRX
— Ravi Kiran (@ravithinkz) May 18, 2015
Just talked to Brahma. He's not ashamed to have been born Indian either. #ModiInsultsIndia
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 19, 2015
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH #ModiInsultsIndia I fully agree with this trend, What sort of PM does Endians have? pic.twitter.com/G1sPYPPFO2
— Farhan Khan Virk (@FarhanKVirk) May 18, 2015
Earllier India also used to be ashamed of Modi. Now it's mostly just embarrassed pic.twitter.com/VpkzDOclC7
— RushdieExplainsIndia (@RushdieExplains) May 18, 2015