Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a BJP rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a BJP rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.
Photo by ANI

We live in a technological age, where all our recorded moments remain immortalised, and even offhand comments come back to haunt us. This is perhaps more so, when you've been under the spotlight for decades -- such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Tuesday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to share another social media user's video, where Chief Minister Modi (he held the office from 2001 to 2014) talks about how India should fear nobody.

"And as always, PM Modi finds no friend in ex CM Modi!" wrote Tharoor.

In the short video clip the then Chief Minister can be heard talking about international pressure and how it might affect India.

"India's population is 100 crore, India has the capacity to create international pressure," Modi can be heard saying.

To put the video in context one has to take a look at some of the other news items from Tuesday. Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump's comments on the export of hydroxychloroquine had been interpreted by many as being threatening.

"I spoke to him (PM Modi), Sunday morning & I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply (of Hydroxychloroquine) to come out, if he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?," ANI had quoted the President as saying.

Later in the day, news of a partial lift of India's export ban was announced. This has subsequently paved the way for supply of the anti-malarial drug to the US and several other countries hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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