In a whirlwind diplomatic calendar, how NaMo found time for an old friend

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his friend Justice Rinzin Penjor during his recent visit to Bhutan

    In the whirlwind of diplomatic tours that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has undertaken, raising India’s global profile and strengthening India’s friendships, he does have friends like the US President Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe of Japan but he also seems to be using these trips to ensure that he doesn’t forget his old friends whenever he travels abroad.

    This also gives you an insight that Modi may be considered a leader who is strong but values his friendships and relationships.

    PM Modi meets King of Bhutan

    According to sources, the Prime Minister did the same in Bhutan recently, when he squeezed in for an old friend, who is now the senior-most judge at the Bhutan Supreme Court- Justice Rinzin Penjor.

    The story is interesting. Justice Rinzin Penjor first met PM Modi when he was the Gujarat CM. The two developed an instant connection. They kept in touch since then and and when Justice Penjor’s daughter studied in Vadodara, the then CM Narendra Modi was her local guardian.

    PM Modi with Justice Rinzin Penjor back in August 2013

    When PM was in Thimpu, the two met again despite PM’s tight schedule with official meetings lined up throughout the day.

    Justice Penjor also did his law from the Campus Law Centre in Delhi and didn’t want to speak too much about the meeting, but gave out a few details when NewsMobile spoke to him.

    “I feel really privileged and honored to have met him (PM Modi). For me, I feel I am blessed by Lord Ganesha because I firmly believe that he is a gift from the Lord and I am grateful to him for having taken care of my daughter while she was studying in Gujarat” he said.

    Interestingly, Justice Penjor is now the senior-most judge of the Bhutan Supreme Court and is likely to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which will only strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries.

    India and Bhutan have the closest friendship and along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bhutan’s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has contributed immensely to provide the momentum to the relationship which has gotten a new boost following PM’s recent visit.

    PM Modi with King of Bhutan and his wife

    Stories like NaMo and Justice Penjor’s friendship only add to the strong human connect that the people of both countries have.

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