It seems to be like another Madison Square Garden Event in Allphones Arena as the Olympic Park is filled with cheering crowd of over 16,000, who are eagerly waiting to witness the event and are keen to hear Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Monday here.
While Modi was received by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, Baird said, “What I sense is that you bringing great hope and the Indo-Australian relationship are on the cusp of something big.”
Addressing the huge crowd, Modi said, "This welcome, this respect and the enthusiasm of yours I dedicate it to the people of India." After invoking Swami Vivekananda’s legacy of “we must worship only Mother India and not demi-gods,” Modi said he was not lucky to sacrifice his life for the country as he was born after 1947, but urged people saying that everyone can “live for the nation.”
Being the first PM to visit Australia since 1986, Modi called Sydney as a beautiful city whereas Australia as a beautiful nation. Modi mentioned the gap that took for a PM to visit the country.
Modi asked, “Had it not been for a democracy would I be here? Let’s understand this strength.” Modi said, ‘Bharat Mata’ has 250 crore arms, in which 200 crore arms are below 35 years of age. Modi said it is the youth who hold capacity to fulfil dreams.
Modi said that the countries will move ahead together. He said, “I see no reason why India should stay behind. We will move ahead.”
Meanwhile, Modi mentioned about the general elections going on in the country. He said he wants the poor to be part of India’s growth and said “My focus is that I want to work for the small people, to make the small people big.” During his Madison Square speech, Modi has said, "I have small dreams but I want to motivate people to do big things."
Ahead of Modi’s speech, Australian and Indian national anthems were played. The event is Modi’s second big international meeting with Indian Diaspora after New York’s Madison Square Garden Speech two months ago.
Modi was expected to speak about his ‘Make in India’ project at the event and was likely to invite Indo-Australian businessmen to invest in the country. The event is described as Indo-Aus Unity Event, where more than 16,000 people attended the meeting. After his Australia visit, Modi is scheduled to leave to Fiji.