NaMo to address a packed Madison Square Garden

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be, in sometime from now, address thousands of people at Madison Square Garden,  a day after his maiden address to the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Modi will address a packed crowd of 20,000 people in Madison Square Garden. The tickets for the public reception were completely sold out ahead of the event.

It is said to be one of the largest public address by an Indian PM overseas.

“Around 50 Congressmen and senators are also expected to attend the address. They will also hold a private meeting with Modi later,” said Bharat Barai, President of the Indian-American Community Foundation and chief organiser of the Madison Square Garden event

Barai added that heavy security arrangements have been made and airport grade security has been put in place.

“People will start arriving early morning because we have to move around 18,000 people through security and it will be airport grade security, because there are also going to be 40-50 Congressmen and senators,” he said.

The public reception is likely to be hosted by Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and a popular Indian-origin news anchor Hari Sreenivasan.

Ahead of public reception, Modi will meet leaders of the Jewish community and Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The Indian leader will meet Tulsi Gabbard, the first Indian American in the US Congress in the evening.

Gabbard, the first practicing Hindu American in the Congress who took her oath on the Bhagwad Gita, had spoken to PM Modi after his victory in the general election and congratulated him and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also scheduled for today.

During his maiden address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Modi referred to the speech made by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that raising the issue at this platform is not the way to make progress towards resolving issues between the two countries.

While speaking in Hindi, the Indian leader further said that he is willing to hold serious bilateral talks with Pakistan “in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism, to promote our friendship and cooperation.”

Modi also met a 29-member delegation of Sikh community from US and Canada on Saturday. He remembered the sacrifices made by the community and also about “Make in India” initiative.

Modi will also meet 10 distinguished Persons of Indian Origin and members of the Jewish community. He will then attend a dinner reception hosted by Indian Ambassador to the US, S A Jaishankar and will be attended by Indian Americans and Persons of Indian Origin.

Modi’s rock star continued at the Madison square garden for yet another rock star performance at a Manhattan venue that has hosted rock gigs.

The Indian American Community Foundation, have mobilized more than 400 organizations and individuals. Bollywood stars offered their talents, but organizers wanted to keep the focus on Indian-Americans. The hosts will be last year’s Miss America winner, Nina Davuluri and a PBS anchor, Hari Sreenivasan. Anjali Ranadivé, the daughter of Vivek Ranadivé, owner of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, will sing the American national anthem, while L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurthy, a classical singer, will perform the national anthem.

The event will include an acrobatic and laser show, a speed-painted portrait of Modi and a hologram re-creating the seminal speech of Swami Vivekananda who carried message of Hinduism to the United States when he spoke at the World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893.

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