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Afternoon briefing: World leaders react to Ebrahim Raisi's death; PM opens up on ‘brand Modi’; and more

May 20, 2024 01:53 PM IST

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On Monday, the world mourned the loss of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who were killed in a helicopter crash. The news sent shockwaves across the globe, prompting numerous world leaders to extend their condolences. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to respond, expressing his profound shock and sorrow over the tragic deaths. In a message posted on X (formerly Twitter), PM Modi acknowledged President Raisi's significant contributions to enhancing the bilateral relationship between India and Iran. He stated, “Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise of Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Iran. India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow.” The sentiments expressed by PM Modi were echoed by other international leaders, who also recognized the impact of Raisi's leadership and expressed their solidarity with the people of Iran. This tragic incident marks a significant moment in international relations, as nations reflect on Raisi's efforts to foster diplomatic ties and cooperation. Dig deeper.

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi died in a chopper crash. (AP)
Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi died in a chopper crash. (AP)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared candid insights into his public life, leadership philosophy, and the notion of "Brand Modi" in the context of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 and previous polls. In an interview with news agency PTI, Modi reflected on the use of his name as a political brand by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He remarked, "I don’t know what ‘brand’ is and how it works. People see Modi’s life and his work," indicating that his reputation and influence are based on his personal actions and service rather than a manufactured brand image. Modi’s comments highlight his belief in authenticity and direct public engagement as the foundation of his leadership and political strategy. Dig deeper.

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A video released by Iranian state TV on Sunday shows President Ebrahim Raisi aboard a helicopter in the Jolfa region of East Azerbaijan province. State television reported that a helicopter in the presidential convoy was involved in an "accident" in this province. The footage captures moments before the incident, highlighting the president's activities in the region. The details and consequences of the accident have not been fully disclosed, leaving the public and international observers awaiting further updates on the situation. Dig deeper.

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