New York: External Affairs Minister S Jai Shankar shared the incident of Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him in the middle of the night in 2016. He said this at a program on Modi at 20, Dreams Meet Delivery held in New York. Jai Shankar is currently on a US tour. Jai Shankar recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him in the middle of the night after the attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, and asked if he was awake. Jai Shankar said that he told the details of the incident to the Prime Minister while he was in the post of Foreign Secretary. Moreover, Jai Shankar explained that he told the Prime Minister that he was trying to get help from India and that it would take two to three hours and he would call the Prime Minister’s office after the work was done. But Jai Shankar said that the Prime Minister told him to call him directly after the work was done. He hailed it as an example of extraordinary leadership in Prime Minister Modi. The External Affairs Minister said that the Prime Minister is always there in difficult times.
Jai Shankar was the Foreign Secretary when Sushma Swaraj was the External Affairs Minister. After the death of Sushma Swaraj, Prime Minister Modi’s selection of Jai Shankar as the External Affairs Minister became a sensation at that time. Making an official who has nothing to do with politics as the foreign minister is right for Prime Minister Modi. Jai Shankar also took advantage of the opportunity given to him by the Prime Minister. India’s voice is being heard successfully on international platforms. Jai Shankar’s unflinching answers to difficult questions have left many speechless on international platforms. Jai Shankar’s reply when European countries questioned India’s purchase of cheap oil from Russia at the time of war with Ukraine received worldwide acclaim. He reminded that India imported as much oil for a month as European countries import for a day. Jai Shankar’s suggestion to talk about the attitude of European countries first and then come to India caused a stir. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan constantly praises Jai Shankar’s decision. Imran often shows the scenes of Jai Shankar’s speech on public meetings to his party workers and praises them. Imran extols that India’s foreign policy is free, seasonal and adaptable.