By June 17, 2014

Modi in Action – A Perfect Handshake

It is a treat for me to watch our current prime minister in action; with time, he has mastered the techniques of using body language effectively. The very day he got sworn in as the prime minster, Modi had invited all SAARC nation leaders to come and meet with him. The below picture is the one you probably remember seeing sprawled across all newspapers and television clips covering Narendra Modi meeting Pakistan’s prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


But if you had watched the video clips closely enough, this is how it actually played out




While the world over, you see politicians trying their best to stand on the left side of the frame during photo shoots, in order to appear dominant and powerful, (read article Power Plays during Handshakes) here is one man who deliberately allowed his counterpart to take that space. I believe this deliberate move on Modi’s part is to want Sharif to feel important and welcome. He is also trying to ensure that attitude of the leaders be the last thing to further tense up the already distraught relation that we have with our neighbor.

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Khyati Bhatt has trained for mastery in Nonverbal Communication with retired FBI special agent Joe Navarro. She founded Simply Body Talk in 2013 to help individuals and corporates fine tune their nonverbal behavior and nonverbal communication. Khyati believes in taking a scientific approach to body language. Her experience as a wealth manager, currency trader, and family entrepreneur has helped sharpen her nonverbal instincts. She is a fervent reader and has explored the work of many psychologists and anthropologists in her field of work.

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  1. Nice interpretation of prime minister’s body language aptitude.