ASEAN Summit: Tricolour upside down as Modi, Abe shake hands

In an embarrassment for India, the tricolour was seen hoisted upside down during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo-op with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe before bilateral talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

The national flag was in the background of Prime Minister Modi and Abe’s customary handshake at the Summit and was hoisted on a stand next to that of Japan.

The flag is seen with the green at the top and the saffron below as the two leaders met for the second bilateral on the sidelines of 13th ASEAN-India Summit here.

“It was an inadvertent mistake in the rush of things. It was unfortunate,” official sources requesting anonymity told.

However, the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to comment on it

Meanwhile, Twitterati wondered how PM failed to notice. Some also said that it was careless mistake by the organisers, demanding an explanation too.

Prime Minister Modi is in Malaysia for the summit and will be addressing the Indian diaspora there on Sunday.  In his speech he emphasised on India’s economic growth, strong fundamentals, regular reforms and a welcoming environment setting the premises for asking investors to look at India.

At the ASEAN Summit in Malaysia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the global investment community to invest in India and draw comfort from its fast economic growth, strong fundamentals, continuous reforms and a welcoming environment. “By almost every major economic indicator India’s doing better than when we took office 18 months ago,” Modi spoke.

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