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    Indian PM Modi rocks Madison Square Garden

    Indian PM Modi rocks Madison Square Garden

    Calls for growth and development, removal of obsolete laws, and thanks Indian-Americans.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently elected on a pro-capitalism (and btw, pro-Israel) platform, appeared today to a packed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    I watched much of the speech, with English translation, but it was really, really long (full video here), so I only heard parts.  The parts I heard were similar to the economic empowerment and pro-growth policies that you likely would hear from a conservative growth candidate here.

    Modi also cheered on the crowd of Indian immigrants, thanking them for raising the profile and pride of India.

    Indian PM Modi at Madison Square Garden 9-28-2014 crowd

    Here are some highlights gathered by an Indian TV network:

    • India used to be known as a country of snakes and snake charmers
    • It is only because of you (Indian-American community) that we have made such a huge progress
    • If not for you all,there wouldn’t have been an IT revolution
    • You (Indian-American community) have earned a lot of respect in USA through skills and values
    • America is the oldest democracy in the world. India is the biggest democracy in the world.
    • People from around the world have settled in America. People from India have settled across the world.
    • It is our endeavour to make development a people’s movement
    • If the nation has to progress then good governance is essential

    This will warm your hearts:

    • The earlier government spoke only of what laws they have made
    • I have begun removing obsolete laws
    • The more laws we get rid of the better it will be for us

    Here are some tweets of the event by the Prime Minister and others:

    Update 9-29-2014:


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    “The more laws we get rid of the better it will be for us.”

    That’s a pretty careless statement. Zero laws would not be good.

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