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Kul Bhushan: Overseas Indians keen to tune into Modi’s Speech

NEW DELHI -- On the eve of Independence Day, overseas Indians have shown exceptional interest in Prime Minister Modi’s maiden speech from Red Fort in Delhi, reports Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

Across the globe wherever Indians have settled, they are linked to their motherland whether in Accra or Auckland, Dallas or Dubai, Kingston or Kuala Lumpur, Montreal or Mauritius.

The local Indian envoy hosts a reception for the local celebrities, politicians and Indian community and business leaders.

The tricolor is hoisted and the national anthem sung lustily.

This year, there is perceptible interest in what PM Modi will say and so overseas Indians want to tune in to his speech.

A senior attorney in Boston, Anil Madan, is very much interested in what’s happening in India as he asked:

"Do you know if PM Modi’s speech on August 15 from Lal Qila (Red Fort) will be streamed live on the Internet?

"If so, do you know what site or sites will do so? What are the sites with the best broadband capability?

"For example, will BBC or Al Jazeera or CNN stream it?


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Shan Gupta, Melbourne.

Meryvn Maciel,

Anil Madan, Boston.

"They have pretty robust capabilities. Well, anti-Jewzeera may be busy discussing Israel and not carry Modi. No, BBC or CNN will not relay the entire speech. Better try the Indian channels available abroad on cable.

Most countries with large Indian populations have Aaj Tak, Zee, NDTV, Headlines Today and Times Now in addition to local Indian networks.

The Hindi news channels from India are the best because you get the full speech followed by a panel discussion on its pros and cons.

If everything fails, you can’t go wrong when you access You Tube, DoordarshanNational for the full, live speech.

Doordarshan TV has recently signed a contract with Deutch Welle, the German network, to share content and will be beamed in Europe in abig way.

This is line with the new government policy of making Doordarshan the number one choice for viewers.

In Melbourne, Australia, Shan Gupta, is an avid tracker of Indian developments with NDTV and Times Now until 2009.

Now he has access to NDTV and Times Now.

Today he has access to Aaj Tak, Zee News, Headlines Today, PTC Punjabi news and many more channels.

A retired civil servant from Kenya now turned an author and settled in London, Mervyn Maciel recollects that he was in the desert in the north of this country most of his tenure and so he had little inter-action with the Indian High Commission or the Indian community during those days.

He writes, "I was a young man of 18 then, getting ready to move to Kenya to take up my first job after finishing schooling.

"After all these years, I can still remember standing outside a kiosk of a ‘Paan, Bidi’ seller in Dadar, Bombay, on that auspicious night listening to Nehru’s famous speech...’tryst with destiny...’

"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to freedom and life’.

These words haunt me to this day. What oratory!."

The Boston attorney Anil Madan, recalled:

"I was usually in public school in India. We had little or no ceremony.

"Perhaps raising the Indian flag and playing the national anthem - Jana Gana Mana Adhinayak hai, Bharat Bhagya Vidhata - was all.

"Even after half a century, I actually know the words to the first stanza!"



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