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Watch: “Awake? PM Asked In Midnight Call”

S Jaishankar praised the management high quality of PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dialled previous midnight after an Indian consulate in an Afghan metropolis got here beneath assault some years in the past, recalled Overseas Minister S Jaishankar. “Jaage ho (are you awake)?,” was his first query, Mr Jaishankar mentioned as he praised the management high quality of PM Modi within the hour of want.

The minister was narrating incidents from the 2016 assault on an Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif within the war-torn nation, whereas talking at an occasion to debate the e book ‘Modi@20: Desires Meet Supply’.

“It was previous midnight and our consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan was beneath assault. We had been attempting to determine what occurred and my cellphone rang. It took me a bit without warning. When the Prime Minister calls you do not get a caller ID however nonetheless somebody connects you. However this time it was the prime minister,” he shared.

The prime minister requested if I am awake, Mr Jaishankar mentioned.

“It is 12:30 (am), what else will I be doing relatively than being awake? As a result of in his life that is in all probability pure,” he shared on the occasion in New York.

“Are you watching TV?” “Sure sir,” the dialog continued earlier than it turned to the state of affairs in Afghanistan. On being apprised that assist was on its method, PM Modi requested to be told personally when the operation is over, he mentioned. “I mentioned this can take two-three hours extra and I’ll inform your workplace (PMO) when it is over.” “Name me,” replied the Prime Minister, he mentioned.

Praising the prime minister’s sense of accountability throughout such an hour of want, he additionally identified how India was capable of take essential determination through the more moderen Covid disaster.

“Should you take a look at how leaders all over the world dealt with Covid – not everyone stepped up or mentioned I would take that decision. To deal with the implications of very massive choices is an especially singular high quality,” mentioned Mr Jaishankar, praising PM Modi.

He additionally recalled when he first met the prime minister. “I frankly appreciated Mr Modi earlier than I met him. On some ranges, as many would complain, I’m a micromanager. I might be fairly a ache. However the stage of preparation he had carried out was commendable,” mentioned Mr Jaishankar.

He additionally recounted India’s evacuation efforts from Afghanistan final yr when the Taliban took over.

The international minister is in New York to attend the annual session of the United Nations Common Meeting. On its sidelines, he has additionally met envoys and heads of states from all over the world.

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