• Narendra Modi fever grips Sydney

    Date: 2019.07.17 | Category: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校 | Tags:

    PM’s fans: Preparing to greet Narendra Modi, below, are front from left, Arpan Desai, Anshuk Desai and back, from left, Stuti Bhat, Heer Patel, Purvi Desai and Hiya Mody. Photo: Nick Moir Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Brisbane Airport to attend the G20 summit. Photo: Greg Wood

    Nimesh, Kajal, Nirav and Anjali Shah getting ready to go out and see the Indian Prime Minister. Photo: Christopher Pearce

    Are you ready Sydney? India’s political rock star Narendra Modi is coming to town and hundreds of millions will be watching us.

    The city will get a dose of Modi-mania on Monday when the Indian Prime Minister makes a quick-fire, high-energy visit.

    More than 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora will pack Allphones Arena at Olympic Park to salute Mr Modi at a community reception. About 5,000 more are expected to be watching the evening event on big screens outside.

    But the biggest audience will be in India. The country’s major news channels have sent correspondents to cover Mr Modi’s tour and that guarantees hundreds of millions of viewers will turn their attention on Sydney when Mr Modi takes the stage.

    “There will be wallpaper, back to back coverage of the Prime Minister’s speech at the Allphones Arena,” said Rahul Kanwal, a high-profile presenter on top-rating Indian news channels, Aaj Tak and Headlines Today. “We’ve set up a special studio there and we’ll be anchoring live from the event.” About 250 media passes have been issued for the event.

    The reception for Mr Modi has generated huge excitement in Australia’s fast-growing, Indian-born community.

    “Everyone just can’t wait,” said Balesh Singh Dhankhar, the spokesman for the event organisers. “The temperature of the festive mood is rising.”

    On Sunday night more than 200 Modi fans left Melbourne bound for Allphones Arena on a specially a chartered train dubbed the “Modi Express.”

    Sydney-based Indian dance teacher, Purvi Desai, and her students will give those arriving at the reception a traditional Indian welcome – rose petals and a “tilak” on the forehead. Ms Desai, who like Mr Modi hails from the Indian state of Gujarat, admires Mr Modi for the sense of hope he has brought the country she left as an 11-year old.

    “I think he’s brought a lot of discipline and a can-do culture to India,” she said. “I’m really excited that we are welcoming an India leader.”

    Mr Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years.

    The organisers hope to outdo a recent reception for Mr Modi held at Maddison Square Gardens in New York by the Indian diaspora in the US.

    However, there will be Modi-dissenters at Allphones Arena along with admirers. About 500 members of the Sikh community, and other minority Indian religions, are expected to stage a peaceful demonstration.

    Karandeep Singh Chadha, a spokesman for the protesters, says many religious minorities do not feel safe in India because hardline groups associates with Mr Modi have an “agenda is to make India a Hindu nation by wiping out other cultures, religions and ethnicities.”

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