Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at at the Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan in New York on Sunday saw a huge turnout of Indians abroad. Amidst chants of Modi Modi by enthusiastic gathering, event saw the Prime Minister inviting Indians to join the Make in India drive. The Prime Minister also highlighted that India will move ahead at a rapid pace and lead the 21st century world. Prime Minister said that its three strengths were democracy, demographic dividend in which 65 per cent of its population was under 35 years, and the demand for India because it was a huge market.

The Prime Minister invited people to visit and offer suggestions to improve India. He asked them to also look for projects where they can join and contribute.

The event also saw performances by noted singer Kavita Krishnamurthy and dance performance on popular Indian songs.

Clearly with an eye on the younger generation, Modi said, “We will not do anything which will let you down.” “My government will be 100 per cent successful in fulfilling the aspirations of the people,” he said, as the crowd repeatedly chanted ‘Modi-Modi’. Attired in a saffron Nehru jacket and yellow kurta, the prime minister held the packed indoor stadium spellbound, asserting that “Our attempt is to make development a peoples’ movement.”

The Prime Minister said there was no need for any disillusionment. “India is going to march ahead at a very fast pace. The 21st Century will be that of India. By 2020, only India will be in a position to provide work force to the world,” he said, while citing examples of growing global demand for nurses and teacher.”

Modi also announced that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders will get lifetime Indian visa and that American tourists will be given visa on arrival. He announced the merger of PIO and Overseas Citizens of India schemes to facilitate hassle-free travel to the Indian diaspora. PIO card holders staying in India on long-term basis will no longer have to report to the local police station.

Watch the full video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Madison Square Garden.