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Indian PM Modi shares tweet in Dhivehi language on Gandhi anniversary

Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 October 2018, MVT 19:57
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures a traditional greeting prior to his speech as part of India's 72nd Independence Day celebrations, which marks the 71st anniversary of the end of British colonial rule, at the Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2018. India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced August 15 in a speech to the nation for the country's Independence Day. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH
Fathmath Shaahunaz
20 October 2018, MVT 19:57

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tweeted in Maldives' local language 'Dhivehi', sharing a song tribute by Maldivian singers to the Indian activist who led the monumental independence movement against British rule.

Sharing the song "Vaishnav Jan To" performed in Hindi by the local artists Mohamed Shahid and Mariyam Waheeda, PM Modi wrote in Dhivehi language, in both the Maldivian script 'Thaana' and romanized in the Latin alphabet, praising the "talented singers" and commenting on how Gandhi's philosophy is reflected in Maldivians' lives.

Modi stated that Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of peace, sustainable development, and cleanliness movement are reflected in the Maldivian lifestyle.

While Modi's tweet left several of his 44 million followers puzzled, it came as a pleasant surprise to Maldivian Twitter users, and many thanked the Indian prime minister for his first tweet in Dhivehi.

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