Both the personalities has different backgrounds, Donald Trump is the son of a property tycoon while Narendra Modi is a poor tea-seller. But both share striking similarities that have seen them with a close personal bond by analysts.
The American leader’s first official visit to India, which is in Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Monday, the world’s biggest representative government has gone out of its way to showcase the chemistry between them. The large hoardings are made and written with the words, “two dynamic personalities, one momentous occasion” and “two strong nations, one great friendship” have gone up across the city.
“There’s a lot that Trump and Modi share in common, and it turned into warm chemistry between the two,” Michael Kugelman told AFP.
The top political office in their respective countries — Modi in 2014 and Trump in 2017 — the two men have been regularly compared to each other.
Trump’s age 73, and Modi’s 69, both command crowds of adoring flag-waving supporters at rallies. An essential fashion of personality has emerged around them, with their faces and names at the center of their political parties’ campaigns.
Both promote their countries’ nationalist and trade protectionist movements like Trump with his “America First” and Modi with his “Make in India” mantra.
“There are many qualities that Trump and Modi share — a love for political grandstanding and an unshakable conviction that they can achieve the best solutions or deals,” former Indian diplomat Rakesh Sood said.
Modi and Trump have sought to use their friendship to shape closer bonds between the two nations, even as they get along with ongoing tensions over trade and defense.
Despite sharing many similarities in style and substance, analysts say there are some notable differences between the pair.
Modi is an insider who rose through the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party after starting out in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. whereas, Trump is a businessman and a political outsider who has taken over the Republican Party.
The genuine personal connections between leaders of both countries have helped to grow the partnership.
“George Bush and Manmohan Singh, Barack Obama and Singh, Obama and Modi, now Modi and Trump — there has been strong chemistry in all these pairings that have clearly helped the relationship move forward,” said Kugelman
A mega “Namaste Trump” rally in Ahmedabad on Monday will be showed after the ‘Howdy, Modi’ Houston, last year when the Indian leader visited the US and the two leaders appeared before tens of thousands of Indian-Americans at a football stadium.