Business News/ News / India/  ‘Salute Modi-ji,’ Mika Singh hails PM Modi in Qatar; here’s why

Mika Singh has made headlines after claiming that he was able to use Indian currency at a luxury store in Doha airport, Qatar. Singh even went as far as to tag Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweets, saluting him for making Indian Rupee a global currency.

The famous Indian singer shared two videos on Twitter, where he boasted about using Indian Rupees to pay for his shopping and meals at restaurants and cafes. He even claimed to have paid at a Louis Vuitton store using Indian currency.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted banks from 18 countries to open Special Vostro Rupee Accounts (SVRAs) for settling payments in Indian Rupees. These countries include Botswana, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

While India has been supporting the idea of trade in local currency to boost exports, Russia has been vocal in using local currency for the overall process of "de-dollarisation".

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Mika's post has generated various responses from users who praised PM Modi for taking INR to global platforms. 

At the same time, Singh's claim has also sparked a debate on social media, with many users expressing their surprise and scepticism about the possibility of using Indian currency in a foreign country. 

One of the users wondered what Mika could buy with Indian rupees at a Louis Vuitton store. As per one Twitter user, Mika is not supposed to carry more than 25,000 when travelling abroad. “You don't get anything in LV for 25K other than a perfume bottle," he added.

Another user wrote, “Lol one could use INR in international airports earlier also. It isn’t a modiji thingie. Heights man!" To that tweet, Mika replied, “Tau bhai bataya karo (You should have told me before)."

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 13 Apr 2023, 11:35 AM IST
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