PM Narendra Modi continues to charm global audiences abroad with his trademark oratory and charisimatic personality. From PM Tony Abbott to Victorian Multicultural Minister Matthew Guy, Australian politicians have been charmed by the reception which PM Narendra Modi received in Australia on his first visit. Modi travelled to Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne during his five-day Australia visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years. Wherever he went, the diaspora felt a sense of Modi mania and his trip kept hogging the newspaper headlines.
Abbott acknowledged in his speeches that the country never saw any politician receiving such a reception. Guy, who flagged the ‘Modi Express’, a special train, in Melbourne, said that he was rapt to see such frenzy for a politician. At Sydney, over 16,000 people attended Modi’s public lecture which was organised by a specially created group Indian Australian Community Foundation.
Modi also successfully bowled over the Sydney audience. Many publications like ‘The Age’ website and ABC news channel ran live coverages on his Parliament speech. Another piece ‘The Age’ described Modi turning Parliament house into a rockstar stage. As an after effect of Modi, Melbourne University based Australia India Institute has announced a public lecture on ’Modi In Oz — A Recap of PM Modi’s Landmark Trip to Australia’ which was streamed live globally.
Many politicians and cricket stars attended Modi’s events in Victoria and other cities. Steve Waugh and Glen Mcgrath attended his business event in Victoria. Indian crocket legends Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar also joined him during a special event related to the World Cup. In Sydney, Modi was greeted by Brett Lee. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott acknowledged in his speeches that the country never saw any politician receiving such a reception as did his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during his recent visit.
Narendra Modi also attended the G2 summit in Brisbane during his Australia visit.