A large number of crowd cheered for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address at United Nations and at Newyork Central park. Like so many other Gujaratis and other Indians, Shrikant Modi came to New York from across the US to participate in a rally in support of Narendra Modi and attend a community reception. He was one of the few that stood out among the hundreds of rallyists, who raised slogans in praise of the Prime Minister and India.
His attire, particularly his flowing Vivekanandastyle headgear, drew the attention of journalists and lensmen covering the event held at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, a few blocks from the main UN building, where the Prime Minister concluded his address around 1100 am yesterday. I am confident that India will progress under the leadership of Modiji, the IT consultant told UNI and added once it was ‘sone ki chidiya’ (golden sparrow); it will soon become one again.
The consultant specially flew from Wisconsin for the rally. Though he did not yet possess a ticket to tomorrow’s community reception to the Prime Minister, the 40yearold consultant was confident to make it. He pointed out that the Prime Minister gave the UN speech on a day when Swami Vivekananda delivered one of his lectures September 27, 1893.
The 150 minute rally, in which ‘Modi Jindabad and Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ among other slogans were raised, coincided with the prime ministerial address. Several demonstrations were held simultaneously on the occasion in order to draw world leaders’ attention on various issues. Steel barricades separated one another. In front of the space where the IndianAmerican rally was held, two lifesize cutouts of the Prime Minister were put up.
A few rallyists wore I Love Modi Tshirts. One of them was Sharad Amin who was raising fullthroated slogans. The 65yearold engineer came from Houston like about 100 others from that city in Texas. He claimed to know the Prime Minister personally.
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