Mr. Modi’s American Facebook Fans!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India spoke at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park last week. Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The social media prowess of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, isn’t restricted to his home country. He has more Facebook fans in the United States than most current members of Congress, governors and other political candidates.

Mr. Modi’s American Facebook base of 170,529 as of Wednesday is larger than all but 21 American elected officials and current candidates, according to Socialbakers, a site that tracks social media accounts. He even has more American Facebook fans than Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey and potential presidential candidate, or Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada.

Some of this is because Mr. Modi waged a high-profile election campaign earlier this year. He used social media effectively in that campaign and employed it as an important part of his communication strategy once in office. His popularity among people of Indian descent in the United States was vividly displayed by the reception he got at a sold-out Madison Square Garden event on Sunday.

Several American politicians benefited from Mr. Modi’s presence in the United States. Members of Congress who attended the Madison Square Garden event received sizable boosts on Twitter after posting pictures of themselves with the Indian leader. Six of the eight biggest gains in Twitter followers among lawmakers that day were for people at the event, including Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat of Hawaii and the House’s first Hindu, who got at least 767 new followers in the day after posting a picture of herself with Mr. Modi.


Most of Mr. Modi’s social media followers come from India, which has the second largest number of Facebook users. He also has at least 10,000 Facebook fans from 21 countries, including Egypt, the Philippines and Pakistan, where his 94,553 Facebook fans outnumber the Americans who follow Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, on the site. There are about 3.3 million people in the United States who claim Indian ancestry, according to the Census Bureau.


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There are American politicians who have a bigger social media base. Barack Obama, who has more Facebook fans outside the United States (37.8 million) than inside it (15.1 million), tops the list. It also includes Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, and the two candidates seeking to replace him: the Democrat Wendy Davis and the Republican Greg Abbott. Jan Brewer, the Republican governor of Arizona, who is not eligible to run for re-election this year, also outpaces Mr. Modi.

Many U.S. Facebook Fans Like Modi

Fewer than two dozen elected officials from the United States have more American-based Facebook fans than Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister.



Official U.S. Facebook Fans
Barack Obama
Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Ted Cruz, R-Texas
John McCain, R-Ariz.
Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
Joe Biden
Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.
Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
John Cornyn, R-Texas
Al Franken, D-Minn.
John Boehner, R-Ohio
Cory Booker, D-N.J.
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Mike Lee, R-Utah
Narendra Modi

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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6 Responses to Mr. Modi’s American Facebook Fans!

  1. SAN_jeet says:

    India and Indian like Modi but i am not one of them whenever i read news like “Petrol price cut by Rs 3.05 per litre; diesel hiked by 50 paise” .Since i know, about 70% of Indian are farmer(poor) and they use diesel for tubewell . even train ticket price is also increasing which widely used by workers to travel ….

    Sorry that my comment is negative but truth is “politics is pollution of India”

    Liked by 1 person

    • annetbell says:

      Oh San_jeet, don’t apologize. I am very glad and sad to hear your take on life in India. I have lived long enough to know there are always two sides. There is always limited money in a country and each leader has priorities of how it is to be spent. When we were in India, in 2013, there was a rickshaw strike over the rise of gas prices. A friend and I were going across Ahmedabad and finally we found a driver who would take us. . . when he let us off, some other drivers ran up and started hitting him for breaking the strike. I will find it for you . It is important to get the truth out to try and keep the politicians honest and working for all the people. I am just curious if you supported Congress or the politician who was not a leader who had his followers use brooms for the picture of cleaning up the country? Make your voice heard!


      • SAN_jeet says:

        I am not a supporter of any Indian Political Party
        Even i avoid voting .

        Because i don’t know a real leader .
        I am leaving in Bangalore where most corrupted party is BJP and i am living in India where most corrupted party is Congress

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      • annetbell says:

        It sounds as if you have been or seen lots of corruption. I am sorry for that. I would encourage you to vote as it is a privilege so many people in the world don’t have. Pick the best of the worst and maybe get involved to make things better. I hope things get better. . .. you are very young to be so jaded. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Darci says:

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