#ThankYouPM trends on Twitter post India’s swift response to Nepal earthquake

PM Modi said credit must go to the armed forces, NDRF teams, doctors and volunteers.

Written by Vishnu Varma | New Delhi | Updated: April 28, 2015 10:48 am
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In a sign of yet another wholehearted public backing for India’s diplomatic efforts, #ThankYouPM was trending at the top of Twitter on Monday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swift and prompt response to a terrible earthquake that rattled Nepal on Saturday.

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The praise on Twitter comes weeks after India’s evacuation operations in war-torn Yemen under the leadership of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MoS V K Singh were praised by all.

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On Saturday, a massive earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, killed more than 3,600 people, injuring thousands and flattening several of Nepal’s mountainous villages. The first quake had also led to tremors in and around northern and eastern parts of India, leading to several deaths in the states of Bihar and West Bengal.

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Within forty minutes of the first tremor, PM Modi’s avid social media skills were on full display as he came on Twitter and Facebook to assuage the nation that the government is already in process to reach out to those affected by the quake. Following the tremors, he also chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation.

He also spoke to Nepal PM Sushil Koirala to assure India’s support and assistance in the hour of crisis and announced compensation packages for the families in India affected by the quake.

PM Modi’s associates in the cabinet were not far behind to respond to the crisis as well. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was back from Indonesia on Saturday, was also active on social media tweeting important helpline numbers and responding individually to people asking for whereabouts of their missing family members.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu too pitched in by promising to send 1 lakh Rail Neer bottles to Kathmandu.

The Indian Armed Forces, which worked extensively in Yemen’s crisis to bring back stranded Indians, was almost on the word go to head to Nepal. One of the first to leave for the Himalayan kingdom was a C-130 Superhercules, of the Indian Air Force which carried relief teams from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) which was then followed by a C-17 Globemaster III with personnel and relief material.

In a successful start to the relief operations, news came trickling in that the first planes bringing stranded Indians from Nepal had arrived in Delhi.

In an indicator of his commitment to building effective foreign relations, Sunday saw PM Modi hosting a ‘Mann ki baat’ (a radio show where he dwells upon certain issues) and reaffirming the fact that India “will do its best to wipe the tears of every Nepali.” He also spoke about how closely he had seen the destructive 2001 earthquake in Kutch, Gujarat which claimed close to 20,000 people.  In the course of the show, PM Modi said his immediate objective was to pull as many people as possible from the clutches of death.

Today, as several people on Twitter used the hashtag #ThankYouPM to convey gratitude to PM Modi and the government for India’s relief operations, the Prime Minister was humble in responding to the praise. He said it is the Indian culture that teaches us the value of ‘Seva Parmo Dharma’.

He added that gratitude must also be offered to the fearless armed forces, doctors, volunteers and NDRF teams who are ‘overcoming every obstacle to restore normalcy in Nepal. He also praised the media for its coverage from the ground.

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