Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed thousands of people, almost all of Indian origin, at a Grand Community reception in his honour at the iconic Wembley Stadium, home to rock concerts and England’s national soccer team. The event was themed ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’.
Courting the Indian diaspora on the second day of his three-day visit to the UK — the first by an Indian Premier in 10 years, PM Modi got a rapturous welcome when he reached one of Britain’s most famous sporting venues this evening. “Your warm welcome makes me feel home,” the Prime Minister told the biggest gathering of Indian Diaspora he has ever addressed since assuming office in May 2014.
“India is not only that much what is seen in newspapers. India is much bigger. India with its 125 crore people is much bigger and better with a preeminent position beyond the screen of Television,” he said.
In this context, the Prime Minister referred to a youth Imran Khan of Alwar in Rajasthan who made 50 mobile applications and dedicated them to the students without charging anything.”My India resides in people like Imran Khan,” he said.
PM Modi, who was speaking against the backdrop of raging debate on “intolerance” in India, told the gathering during the course of his 90-minute address that newspaper and TV headlines are not the barometer to assess the country. This was a veiled reference to a number of reports in the British media today that were critical of his past and his record on human rights besides bringing up the issue of perceived intolerance in India.