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LONDON United Kingdom -- All aboard the Modi Welcome party bus … Preparations are in full swing to welcome Indian Prime Narendra Modi to London. PHOTO - SHAMLAL PURI


London to give a rousing welcome to Indian Prime Minister Modi
NEW DELHI India -- Great Britain and British Indians are looking forward to the visit of the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan and London correspondent Shamlal Puri.

Both countries have very good relations and business interests from both sides are at increase, said Lord Ranbir Suri of Ealing.

Lord Loomba CBE said, "British Indians would like Modi’s visit to forge stronger relations and to promote business between the two nations.

"British Indians are planning to welcome Modi in a big and memorable way.

"A huge event will take place at the Wembley Stadium where over 80,000 people will welcome Modi.

"This crowd will be bigger than in any other country Modi has visited in the world so far.

"British Asian media is publicising Modi visit in a big way."

Ground reports from London show over 1.4 million British Indians hold Modi in high esteem and in awe of his globe-trotting stamina.

The Indian diaspora have a lot of expectations from Modi because they think he is the saviour of India after the disastrous Congress rule of many years that led to so much corruption and misrule.

Even though Modi will be asking British Indians to invest in India, he has yet to do a lot of work and expect him to resolves issues like doing business without let or hindrance, wipe out bureaucracy, corruption and red tape. It is only then they could consider investing in the land of their ancestors.

NRIs are appalled to see that even today that on India the affluent, the politicians and Babus are caught in bribery cases.

Preparations are in full swing to welcome Modi in London.

More than 450 UK- based Indian organisations are hosting a mammoth public reception at the world famous Wembley Stadium where some 80,000 people, mostly Indians, will turn up on November 13 after obtaining tickets by lottery as the demand is well above the stadium’s capacity.

The event is organised by the Europe-India Forum headed by a prominent NRI multi-millionaire entrepreneur Nathu (Nat) Puri, 76, of Nottingham.

The Indian High Commissioner in London Ranjan Mathai urged the Indian community to present a united front during the 13th November event.

The Wembley event promises to not only to match the US welcome the Indian Premier received but could outdo them.

An action-filled programme consists of a cultural extravaganza, fireworks and a huge celebratory party.

Many NRIs believe here that the kind of welcome to Mr. Modi will rank among the largest accorded to any visiting foreign leader to Britain.

But strong chances of anti-India demonstrations hover, by the British Pakistanis, Kashmiris, Sikhs and Christians.

Earlier, there was talk of Patels demonstrating against Modi but insiders here say the protests may be diffused at the last minute as happened in the US and could be reduced from slogan shouting to merely tying black bands by some protesters.

But it goes without saying that the one million strong Gujarati community is in no doubt promising a warm welcome to Mr. Modi as he is from Gujarat.

Sikh demonstrations are a vague possibility though the community members in Southall are not revealing anything, simply dismissing any question with,"Let’s see what happens."

The Asian media here has gone agog with its pre-event coverage of the Modi visit.

This no doubt, is a big front page story for them in a country where British Indian immigration and social issues normally hold the front pages.

Mr. Modi will no doubt be a mega media event here.

It will also mean more advertising revenue for them as there will be many goodwill messages to Mr. Modi to commemorate his UK visit.

Leading newspapers like Gujarat Samachar, Garvi Gujarat, Asian Voice and the dozens of other UK Asian-owned newspapers and TV channels will concentrate on covering Mr. Modi’s visit producing special supplements and TV slots.

Will British Labour part under its new leader be critical of Modi and his policies? The Labour will definitely participate in welcoming Mr. Modi.

All politics and differences will be set aside.

Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz and other Labour MPs like Virendra Sharma are already in the forefront as members of the welcoming party for Mr. Modi.

It could be perilous for the Labour Party to turn its back on this visit because their own vote bank is hugely dependent on the Asian community.

They wouldn’t think it worthwhile angering the pro-Modi UK Gujarati community.



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