Nineteen thousand cheering fans. Holograms. Brilliant lights and blaring music. Rock concert? Nope. EDM show? Not quite. On September 28, newly elected Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi took to the hallowed ground of Madison Square Garden to hold a victory rally in the United States. Thousands of Indian-Americans turned out for the event, many of them sporting Modi t-shirts with images of the Prime Minister’s face stylized à la Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster. Attendees also included Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Menendez and Indian-American Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley. The event, organized by a newly founded group called the Indian American Community Foundation, boasted cultural dances, musical performances, and former Miss America Nina Davuluri. A venue known for hosting athletes, celebrities, and rockstars found itself bursting at the seams with supporters of a poor boy from Gujarat who had ascended to India’s highest office.
After a high-profile G20 summit for India, at which member countries backed New Delhi’s campaign to retrieve black money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday canvass support for his “Make in India” initiative among Australia’s large Indian community in Sydney. Mr. Modi is expected to roll out his invitation to expatriates to invest in India, as he did in the U.S., at the Allphones Arena in Sydney’s Olympic Park. He will attend a special reception for nearly 200 prominent businessmen and professionals of Indian origin.
“The enthusiasm is particularly remarkable given that the population of the Australian Indian community is 300,000, about one-tenth of the Indian-American population,” said BJP leader Ram Madhav, who is in Sydney to oversee the arrangements. Mr. Madhav had also helped organise a similar event in New York recently.