Firecrackers, dancers and a 60,000-strong crowd welcomes Modi to UK
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was welcomed by a crowd to rival a cup final, a spectacular fireworks display and 700 dancers at the Wembley Stadium.
The event called UK Welcomes Modi saw the Indian premier address 60,157 British Indians, the biggest ever gathering by any world leader in the UK.
On November 13 it seemed as though the 1.5 million strong British Indian community descended in North West London waving the tricolour and wearing Modi Masks taking Modi mania to a different level all together.
UK was only the 28th destination on his list, which saw an unprecedented turnout, making it the biggest audience yet to hear him outside his country.
Thrown by the Europe India Forum – the event at Wembley Stadium showed the strength of British Indian community, cementing ties between two great countries leading to one glorious future.
Speaking at the event Narendra Modi said: “I am here in London after 12 years. Last time I was here as a chief minister of a state. Now, my countrymen have given me a bigger responsibility. People ask me how a country of a billion people, so diverse, live with love and harmony. I say this diversity is our pride, power and strength.”
Also attending the event Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to one of Britain’s most successful ethnic minority and said: ” We can be the most successful multi-racial democracy in the world, thanks to British Indians. It won’t be long till there is a British Indian prime minister in Downing Street.”
The programme, which coincided with Diwali, began with two hours of performances highlighting the links between the two nations with British Indian musicians dressed in kilts, played bagpipes and drums, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing with a British Indian singer and Jay Sean, Alisha Chinai singing Made in India and Kanika Kapoor the UK Welcomes Modi anthem and Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe putting up an entertaining dance performance.
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