Fortunate to be born post-1947: PM Modi at Allphones Arena

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Sydney, Nov 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that that it was his good fortune to be the first Indian prime minister to be born post-Independence.

"It is my good fortune that I'm the first Prime Minister of India to be born post-1947," Modi said at a massive gathering of the Indian diaspora at the Allphones Arena.

Fortunate to be born post-1947: Modi
"We did not get the opportunity to die for the nation or spend our youth in jail. But we can surely live for the nation," he said.

At the gathering, which was attended by over 16,000 members of the Indian Australian community, Modi dedicated the respect and ovation that he was getting in Australia to the Indian people.

"This welcome, this respect, this enthusiasm...I dedicate it to the people of India," he said.

The prime minister lamented that "it took 28 years for (an Indian prime minister) to come here."

The last Indian prime minister to visit Australia was Rajiv Gandhi.

"My friends in Australia, I assure you... you won't have to wait for 28 years," Modi said.

Modi arrived in Australia Nov 14 to attend the G20 summit in Brisbane. He will also address the Australian Parliament and visit Melbourne during his stay.

Indian Prime Minister impressed all with his magnificent speech at Madison Square Garden in New York in US on Sept 29. At least 20,000 NRIs attended the event and created ripples in America's political circuit, more than 20,000 people came to listen to Modi's speech at Allphones Arena in Sydney on Nov 17.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) International Joint Coordinator Ravi Kumar was quoted as saying, "The standing capacity in the hall is 21,000, but the record crowd they ever had was 17,000."

IANS

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