Silicon Valley plans MSG-like reception for PM Modi

Washington (PTI): Indian-Americans in California have begun preparations for a grand reception similar to last year’s Madison Square Garden event for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would be the only second Indian premier to visit the state with a trip planned in September to Silicon Valley.

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Representatives of Indian-American organisations held their first full-fledged preparatory meeting in Sunnyvale, California to accord the grand reception to Modi at Silicon Valley, during the September visit. Modi is to attend the Annual General Assembly meeting of the United Nations in New York in September-end.

After that, he is set to visit Silicon Valley and address Indian-Americans, including technology entrepreneurs, there though an official announcement is yet to be made.

“We have planned a community reception on the evening of September 27 at the SAP Centre, San Jose where close to 20,000 people are expected to gather to hear him speak,” Khanderao Kand of newly-formed Indo-American Community of West Coast USA told PTI.

The meeting was addressed by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Arun K Singh, via a video conference. Among others, it was attended by Consul-General of India in San Francisco, Venkatesh Ashok, and Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, in-charge foreign relations department of BJP.

Chauthaiwale is on a visit to San Francisco Bay Area to oversee the preparations for the reception. “The event is a historic moment for the Indian community in Silicon Valley and the diaspora in general,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s visit is considered significant, especially with regard to his ‘Digital India’ initiative that aims to use technology in connecting people and transforming governance in India, said a media note by the organisation.
Modi would be the second Indian Prime Minister to visit San Francisco-Bay Area after Jawahar Lal Nehru’s trip in 1949. San Francisco-Bay Area, of which Silicon Valley is a part, is home to about half-a-million-strong Indian-Americans.

Last year when Modi visited the US, he was given a grand reception at New York’s historic Madison Square Garden. He addressed nearly 20,000 Indian-Americans there.

Like Madison Square Garden in New York, the SAP Centre is a top indoor venue in the US for such events.

In 2006, the SAP Centre sold the most tickets to non-sporting events of any venue in the western US, and the fourth highest total in the world, after Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester in Britain, and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Last year, pop superstar Miley Cyrus performed at the arena during her Bangerz World Tour. In April this year, pop superstar Ariana Grande performed at the arena during her Honeymoon World Tour for the first time with a sold out crowd of 12,717 people.

Organisers expect a packed crowd at the SAP Center, also known as Shark Tank, when Modi addresses Indian-Americans on September 27.

10 Comments

  1. Ajeeerna alert!!!

    AS Mathew and like-minded folks living here should immediately plan for ajeerna attacks in September!!! I don’t want you guys to ruin your fall season by suffering a lot. Plan, plan, plan!! LOL

    • Ajeeerna alert!!! AS Mathew and like-minded folks living here should immediately plan for ajeerna attacks in September. – Rampa

      Hahahaha! If MSG stand for Monosodium Glutamate? In that case, we all appreciate your patented “Ajeerna Alert”, ya Rampa. Our Pradhana Sevaka and all his chelas like you could very well do stocking up with your patented Rampa brand of Ajeerna Pills.

      Thanks in advance for your advance alert. Jai Rampa Ki.

  2. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would be the only second Indian premier to visit the state with a trip planned in September to Silicon Valley” says the news released by interested group. They say who is the second, without stating anything about the first.

    They compare the 20,000 tickets sold for Modi’s pre-managed function to that of “Ariana Grande performed at the arena during her Honeymoon World Tour for the first time with a sold out crowd of 12,717 people.”

    A befitting comparison indeed, regarding two “sold out crowd”s – not the spontaneous crow like that of Nehru or Indira Gandhi!

    GOOD COMPARISON, TO A POP STAR AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF A UNFORTUNATE GREAT COUNTRY. COMMON FACTOR SOLD OUT CROWD!!!

  3. Dear readers,

    In the earlier event amid a fusillade of criticism, the BJP has rescinded a decision to charge an entry fee of Rs. 5 per head for then Gujarat Chief Minister’s speech Modi and termed it “Delegate fee” not tickets. Which indeed by and large equivalent to “Sulabh Shauchalaya”offered at our station.

    The NAMO friends sold the same tickets in black market in US, who they admired to be PM can barely understand the meaning M-R-S and Mrs. to the visiting state dignitaries. Forget about history blunders whatever he can speak is only on Radio. Interestingly in US he address the paid crowds in ‘Hindi’ and in Mongolia ‘English’.But clever ‘Butanis’ kept the tradition and clapped for his speech to ward off evil spirit.

    Instead of going ‘Silicon valley’ copying Nehru’s footsteps PM Modi should visit Karnataka’s e-Mandi model and take suggestion from Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.

    Centre to scale up Karnataka’s e-Mandi model to national scale
    http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-07-07/news/64178051_1_karnataka-agriculture-krishna-byre-gowda-gulbarga

    Well his own coalition partner Mr.Naidu can be better advisor. If not he can approach Former Karnataka CM S.M.Krishna.

    Is grand reception package also includes Las Vegas for more ‘selfies’?

    Jai Hind

  4. Chauthaiwale is on a visit to San Francisco Bay Area to oversee the preparations for the reception. “The event is a historic moment for the Indian community in Silicon Valley and the diaspora in general,” he said.

    MODI SENDS EVENT MANAGEMENT TEAM TO PROJECT LARGER THAN LIFE IMAGE EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING USA.

    WHY ORIGINAL DUPLICATE IS NOT IN THE PROJECT OF HIGHLIGHTING THE IMAGINARY SUPERMAN?

    • WHY ORIGINAL DUPLICATE IS NOT IN THE PROJECT OF HIGHLIGHTING THE IMAGINARY SUPERMAN? – Mr. BN Pai

      He is on working hard on that project, sir. EVERYDAY. Don’t his posts which are nothing but paeans of praise on his Pradhana Sevaka, any proof of his work? Please do not belittle his little work, sir. Thanks. 🙂

  5. Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, in-charge foreign relations department of BJP, is on a visit to San Francisco Bay Area to oversee the preparations for the reception. “The event is a historic moment for the Indian community in Silicon Valley and the diaspora in general,” he said.

    MODI SENDS EVENT MANAGEMENT TEAM TO PROJECT LARGER THAN LIFE IMAGE EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING USA.

    His foreign tours abroad, his election meetings in India, and every public interaction are stage managed events by pre arranged mobs and event managers.

    WHY ORIGINAL DUPLICATE IS NOT SEEN IN THE PROJECT OF HIGHLIGHTING THIS IMAGINARY SUPERMAN?

  6. As I had rightly expected, Ajeerna has already hit Joker P, Pincode P and Sharia S!! I wonder how much weight they have lost since 2014-tsunaami due to daily ajeerna problems!! LOL All the concerned friends may have to help these guys with some Whey protein and vitamin pills to recoup strength!!! LOL LOL LOL

    • As I had rightly expected, Ajeerna has already hit Joker P, Pincode P and Sharia S!! – Mr. Rampa

      As I have rightly expected, our RampaNNA must have done his MBBS from some ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರಿಂಗ್ ಕಾಲೇಜ್ from ಮೈಸೂರು. That is why his ‘diagnosis’ is nothing but a Joke. :):)

      Good going ya Rampa.

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