Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known to be a tactile man. In official appearances, whether he is meeting a local official or a world statesman, he likes to hug it out.
After the Awkward Hug, Holande turned back to escape Modi but... pic.twitter.com/VyIcjbnTqa— Joy (@Joydas) January 24, 2016
In videos, it was perhaps less intimate than it appears in photos. Regardless, social media users took the bait.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollande on their way to Panipath. pic.twitter.com/sPtUFkOIls— I C Gupta (@ReallGupta) January 25, 2016
Modi ji is the only person on earth who knows how 2 recreate Titanic , without a ship— CMAGSDang (@dangGS3010) January 24, 2016
Close enough pic.twitter.com/nurlY8NSDf— Miss Lovely (@HighHeelsWali) January 24, 2016
For some Indians, the hug was an embarrassment and Hollande's awkward turn was a sign that it was a snafu.
But Modi has been hugging world leaders and other important people for years. It seems unlikely he'll stop now. Biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay has said the hugs are a conscious effort to make clear he's on the same level as those he is meeting." He's trying to tell the world that he's an equal, a friend and he's very affectionate," Mukhopadhyay told the BBC last year. "Mr Modi is a performer."
Here's a small selection of the Modi hug in action.
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