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
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
Ground reports from London show over 1.4 million British
Indians hold Modi in high esteem and in awe of his
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
NRIs are appalled to see that even today that on India
the affluent, the politicians and Babus are caught in
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
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
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
Will British Labour part under its new leader be critical
of Modi and his policies? The Labour will definitely
participate in welcoming Mr. Modi.