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After Rahul Gandhi trolls Modi, Philip Kotler congratulates PM for 'Presidential Award'

His Winning The First Philip Kotler Presidential Award Raises The Bar For Future Recipients, The Marketing Guru Said.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 15 Jan 2019, 10:50:04 PM
PM Narendra Modi received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award in New Delhi on Monday.

New Delhi:

Hours after Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Narendra Modi for being awarded the Philip Kotler award, the American marketing author and professor congratulated the Indian prime minister for the honour and hailed his "selfless service towards India". "I congratulate PM @narendramodi for being conferred the first ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award. He has been selected for his outstanding leadership & selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy," Kotler said on Twitter on Tuesday. He said Modi's efforts in India have resulted in "extraordinary economic, social and technological advances".

"His winning the first Philip Kotler Presidential award raises the bar for future recipients," the marketing guru said.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi took to the micro-blogging site, and said he wanted to "congratulate" the PM on winning the "world famous" Philip Kotler Presidential award.      

"In fact it's so famous it has no jury, has never been given out before & is backed by an unheard of Aligarh company. Event Partners: Patanjali & Republic TV :)," he said on Twitter.

However, the Congress president’s tweet didn’t go down well the with the BJP. Its leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani, while tagging Gandhi's tweet, suggested that unlike Prime Minister Modi, who was awarded by someone else, the Gandhi family members had conferred themselves the country's top civilian honour --Bharat Ratna.

"Rich !!! Coming from a person whose illustrious family decided to confer the Bharat Ratna' on themselves," she tweeted.

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On Monday, Modi received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award in New Delhi. The award focuses on the triple bottom-line of 'people, profit and planet'. It will be offered annually to the leader of a nation, a statement from the Prime Minister's office said.

According to the award citation, Modi was selected for his "outstanding leadership for the nation".

"His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country," it read.

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The citation also states that under his leadership, India is now identified as the centre for innovation and value added manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as information technology, accounting and finance.

The statement quoted the citation as saying Modi's visionary leadership has also resulted in the digital revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion.

Philip Kotler is a professor of marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Owing to his ill health, Jagdish Sheth of EMORY University, Georgia was deputed to confer the award on Modi.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published : 15 Jan 2019, 10:49:54 PM