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     Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases butterflies as a part of his 69th birthday celebration, at Butterfly Garden in Kevadia, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

    Viral Video of Indian PM Releasing Butterflies on Birthday Evokes Contradictory Responses

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s leading man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrated his 69th birthday in his home state of Gujarat and visited the world’s largest Statue of Unity, where he released a basket full of butterflies, leaving many critical of the act and others amused.

    While visiting the Butterfly Garden in Gujarat's Narmada district, on the occasion of his birthday, Indian PM Modi released a large number of butterflies from a bag.

    The video clip of the moment soon went viral on social media, evoking a range of reactions on Twitter with some finding quite funny while others were concerned about whether the butterflies had suffered any harm. The viral video clip has garnered over 300,000 views within 24 hours of its posting.

    A segment of Twitter users was perplexed at the idea of capturing butterflies to eventually free them, as some of them inquired as to who had captured hundreds of butterflies for the PR stunt.

    Another suggested that the butterflies had metamorphosized in the bag.

    Others were upset upon seeing the captive butterflies.

    Meanwhile, a section of Twitter users compared Modi’s expressions to those of a child that was setting birds free.

    Nevertheless, Prime Minister Modi who has over 50 million followers on Twitter alone, received plenty of praise from those who admired his gesture.


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