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A spectacular Shanghai show
India has a new rock-star like Prime Minister. He is like none before him.

After his stellar show at the Madison Square Garden in New York and All Phones Arena in Sydney, Narendra Modi charmed the hearts of the Diaspora in Shanghai, to almost coincide with his one year tenure in office.

About 5000 Indians were present at the event organised by Indian Association China. It was the biggest ever gathering of the Indian community in China and was attended by 1900 students and 3100 representatives from business communities cutting across various Chinese cities.

The Mohammed Langar Folk Music Troupe from Rajasthan entertained the attendees. A wonderful video about India and its heritage was played, followed by singing Vande Mataram. It looked like every second of the video was thoughtfully made to invigorate the feeling of patriotism amongst the attendees moments before Modi took the stage, and it did work. He arrived to a rousing welcome normally reserved for film-stars. The PM took the stage, and what followed was Modi Magic for the next 51 minutes punctuated with claps, cheers, and chants of India, India and Modi, Modi.  


The Modi magic

Every magic trick consists of three parts. The first is the Pledge where the magician shows something ordinary. The second is the Turn where the magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. The third is the Prestige where the thing is brought back.

Modi started with a recollection of May 2014 and how the Indian democracy made an ordinary man like him the prime minister, and the three promises he made to the nation when he took oath.  It was his version of the pledge.

He moved on to elucidate how this ordinary man’s passion and hard work is transforming the image of this great nation in the global stage. He narrated the change in the way the world looks at India and Indians now vis-à-vis the situation a year ago.  It was his version of the Turn. Having given an account of what India has achieved in the last one year under his stewardship, he said the job isn’t complete. He shared his inputs on what India and Indians have to do to make our country better. He remarked that the 21st century belongs to Asia and India and China can achieve a lot for each other if we start acting in unison. To this, he asked each Indian to take an annual target of inviting 5 Chinese nationals as a tourist to India. “There is only so much that camaraderie between policymakers from two countries can achieve. But the power of friendship and mutual respect amongst one third of the populace on the globe is beyond compare,” he pointed out with poignance.

Emotions ran high among the 5000 attendees who gathered from across China for just an hour’s speech and the feeling of national pride and patriotism was overwhelming. This patriotism, however, was not to return back to India, but simply to increase our respect for Bharat Ma and Dharti Ma. True to his style, Modi was animated throughout his speech; the chair and a glass of water on the stage remained unused.

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