Indian PM Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay stand during their bilateral meeting in Thimphu
Indian PM Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay stand during their bilateral meeting in ThimphuReuters

Narendra Modi's address in the Bhutanese Parliament has raked up quite an uproar on Twitter as the Prime Minister of India, in an embarrassing slip during his speech, said "Nepal" instead of Bhutan, while hailing the royal family.

Known for his oratory skills, Modi's shock slip of tongue invited the wrath of Twitteratis.

"I want to begin with a tribute to the Nepal... Bhutan royal family that ensured democratic values and protected people's rights..." said Modi, who is on his first foreign visit after becoming Prime Minister.

Though Modi was quick to correct the slip, social media instantly picked it up. Under hashtags such as #Bhutan, #Nepal and #TravelTipstoModi, Twitter users posted several sarcastic comments on the gaffe.

Modi is currently on the second and final day of his official visit to Bhutan. The visit is aimed to strengthen bilateral relations and improve trade between the two countries.

Twitter reactions

Modi's address

The Indian Prime Minister started his address in the Bhutanese Parliament by appreciating the country for chosing to become democratic from monarchy.

"The smooth transition from monarchy to democracy shows the political maturity in Bhutan. It is an example of people's awareness. I commend the way Bhutan has transitioned into a democracy in seven years," IBNLive quoted Modi.

Modi, who will conclude his two-day visit on Monday, praised the royal family for their support in allowing democracy in the country.

"It's commendable the way Bhutan royal family has protected the rights of its ordinary citizens," he stated. 

After gaining a phenomenal victory in the Lok Sabha elections and taking charge as the 15th Prime Minister of India on 27 May, the visit to Bhutan is Modi's first official foreign trip. While mentioning the landslide victory, Modi said that the people of India chose his government to re-establish democracy in the country, and stressed that Bhutan also should promote democratic ways

Modi also suggested that India and Bhutan should take up joint sporting events, preferably in the lap of Himalayas. 

"The Himalayas bring us together. We must be very proud of the Himalayas. It is our strength. I thought - all Himalayan states and Bhutan - can we not do a special sports meet on a regular basis. Sportsman spirit brings happiness."

Modi is scheduled to travel to Japan next.