Modi First Indian Prime Minister to Address US Legislature Twice, 11 Foreign Parliaments | A Look at How Others Fared

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to the joint session of the US House of Representatives and Senate on June 22 during his first formal state visit to the US on June 21. PM Modi will address the legislature in a foreign nation for the 12th time this year.

In his nine years as prime minister, Modi has spoken before the legislatures of 11 different nations, which is a record for an Indian PM.

During his ten years as prime minister of the UPA, Manmohan Singh spoke before seven foreign legislatures.

when Jawaharlal Nehru did it three times when he was Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi spoke before foreign legislatures four times. Only twice each did Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee speak before foreign legislatures.

Former prime ministers Morarji Desai and PV Narsimha Rao only had the opportunity to accomplish this once.

Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Manmohan Singh all had the chance to address the US Congress before Prime Minister Modi. PM Modi would be the first PM to have done it twice, however.

Let’s look at the specifics of Prime Minister Modi’s speeches to foreign legislators.

His first trip abroad after being elected prime minister was to Bhutan. PM Modi spoke at the joint session of the Bhutanese parliament in June 2014.

In keeping with his “neighborhood first” philosophy, PM Modi visited Nepal in August 2014. PM Modi spoke to the Nepali Parliament-Constituent Assembly while there.

PM Modi had the honor of addressing the Joint Session of the Australian Parliament when he was in Australia in November 2014. It was the first time an Indian Prime Minister had ever addressed the Australian Parliament.

In November 2014, PM Modi also spoke to the Fijian parliament. This was the first time an Indian prime minister and a global leader had ever addressed the Fijian legislature.

PM Modi spoke at the Sri Lankan Parliament in March 2015. It was the first time an Indian prime minister had the honor of addressing the Sri Lankan parliament while seated in the speaker’s chair and with the mace on the table.

PM Modi spoke at the Mongolian parliament in May 2015. An Indian prime minister had never before visited Mongolia.

Prime Minister Modi spoke at the UK Parliament in November 2015. It was the first time an Indian prime minister had ever addressed the British parliament. In December 2015, he spoke before the Afghan Parliament.

PM Modi spoke at the US Congress’ Joint Meeting in June 2016.

In July 2018, PM Modi spoke before the Ugandan Parliament, making history as the first Indian PM to do so.

He spoke at the Maldivian Parliament in June 2019.




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