Iconic hugs that embraced history

In this combo of four photos is seen Congress president Rahul Gandhi as he hugs PM Narendra Modi after his speech in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament on July 20. PTI

A warm hug can work wonders and a political one can do even better. Here are a few hugs that hogged the limelight in the iconic annals of world history.

Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi

With hug and a wink, Rahul launches fierce attack against NDA govt
Rahul walked up to the PM and surprised him with a hug: Photo | Manorama

Congress president Rahul Gandhi made news Friday with a bear hug inside Parliament. The Amethi MP walked up to the Indian prime minister and bent down to give him a hug after a fiery speech during the no-confidence vote debate.

Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama
The man who adores his better half; Obama is known for his affection towards his wife: Photo | Screengrab

Former US president Barack Obama, a man of amiable disposition, is also known for his affection for his charismatic wife, Michelle Obama.  

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump

Modi hugged Donald Trump as they gave joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 26, 2017: Photo | Reuters

Narendra Modi's hugplomacy is famous and made news around the world. His state visits were peppered with photo-op hugs and the list includes everyone from US president Donald Trump to Turkey's Erdogan.  

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi

Rahul walked up and hugged his mother after she stepped down from the stage after a speech: Photo | Manorama

The mother-son duo from the Nehru family had an adorable moment after Sonia's speech at the 84th Plenary Session of the Congress in New Delhi.

Princess Diana and her philanthropic hugs

Princess Diana
Princess Diana hugs an HIV positive child: Photo| Screengrab

The princess broke the royal protocol and used her popularity to the hilt in her philanthropic efforts.  

Indira Gandhi and Fidel Castro

Fidel and Gandhi shone bright during the summit and the hug caught the attention of the world: Photo | Manorama Archives

At the 7th Non Aligned Movement Summit in 1979 in New Delhi, Indira Gandhi was taking over the chairmanship from Cuba's Fidel Castro. The summit also saw Castro hugging Gandhi as he handed over the reigns of the NAM.

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