Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Indian community at the SAP Center in Silicon Valley.
8.12 a.m.: I have faith in the nation because India is youthful. 65% of our population is under the age of 35: PM
8.10 a.m.: People often ask me where I get my confidence from. They ask me how I’m so sure that my nation will progress ahead: PM Modi
8.08 a.m.: The crowd roars a loud, ‘Yes’.
8.07 a.m.: After 16 months, today I want your certificate. Am I fulfilling promises?: Modi
8.05 a.m.: There’s a discussion across the world about the who the 21st century belongs to. It is being believed that the 21st century is India’s century: PM Modi
8.03 a.m.: I am trying my best to live up to everyone’s expectations: PM Modi
Today the world looks at India with hope & confidence. PM@narendramodi at SAP Centerpic.twitter.com/3tLPqlP7p0
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia)September 28, 2015
8.02 a.m.: “Jayaprakash Narayan ji, who led the movement when emergency was imposed in India in 1975, studied in California. This is the bond we have,”says the PM.
8.00 a.m.: No one can forget the contribution of the Ghadar Party in India’s freedom struggle: PM
7.58 a.m.: Our Sikh brothers came here years ago and began living here. When Indians wanted freedom, there was a movement for India’s freedom here too: PM
7.56 a.m.: The brain gain that we have made is looking for opportunities and the day it finds the opportunities. It will benefit Mother India. And now that season for opportunity has come, he says.
7.54 a.m.: We must reverse brain drain to ‘brain gain’, says PM Modi.
7.53 a.m.: We’re not going to lose our crop of brains due to brain drain. I have a very different way of looking at it: PM Modi
7.52 a.m.: “We often keep hearing – we need to stop this brain drain. But India is ‘Bahuratna Vasundhara’, there will be many brains there:”
7.49 a.m.: It is in the magic of your fingers. Your committment and your innovation that has changed the way the world looks at India. Those who decide not to go along with this change will become irrelevant in the 21st Century: PM
7.48 a.m.: Today in the entire world, India has a new identity, a new image. The old image has been forced down. There is a reason for this: PM
7.47 a.m.: For the two days I’ve been here, I have met many people. Today, after a year since I was at Madison Square Garden, I’m here to meet you all, says PM Modi.
7.46 a.m.: I am coming here after almost 25 years and I am seeing a lot of changes, including new faces: PM
7.45 a.m.: It is 28th September in India. It is the birth anniversary of the brave son of India, Bhagat Singh. I bow down to him: PM Modi
7.44 a.m.: Good evening California, says PM Narendra Modi as he begins his speech. 18,500 fans cheer in response.
7.43 a.m.: PM Modi takes the stage.
7.40 a.m.: A group of young children perform the national anthems of India and USA. The Star Spangled Banner leads, and then the Indian national anthem. Ends with chants of “Modi! Modi!”
7.35 a.m.: PM Modi walks out on the arena to thunderous applause.
7.30 a.m.: Members of Congress, inlcuding Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce and others, in the house to greet PM Modi, each walking on stage now.
7.25 a.m.: “The Democracy Connect. PM Modi meets elected lawmakers from California and elsewhere before his address,” tweets MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
7.20 a.m.: SAP Center looks quiet on outside but MSG14+ underway inside with community in full strength, reports correspondent Narayan Lakshman.
Massive SAP Center full to brim, brings memories of #MSG 2014 for #ModiInUSA @the_hinduhttps://t.co/42zqdI1RjZ
— Narayan Lakshman (@narlak) September 28, 2015
7.15 a.m.: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the SAP Center.
7:02 a.m.: Security beefed up at the SAP Center ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech.
6:54 am: Modi tweets his thanks to Google for the technology tour and for hosting him
Dear @google, a big thanks for hosting me & giving me a tour of the various technological advancements & innovationspic.twitter.com/hCPS7S4eNQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 28, 2015
6.45.a.m.: An indoor arena in the heart of Silicon Valley, the SAP Center has a seating capacity of 18,000, which is full to its capacity. Nearly 45,000 applications were received for the event.
6:40 a.m: Cultural performances by local Indian-Amercians have begun, prior to Mr. Modi’s address. Bollywood playback singer Kailash Kher is among those who participated.
6.35 a.m.: After his tour of the Google HQ, Mr. Modi launched the Bharat Fund at the India-U.S. StartUp Konnect programme, aimed at providing seed funding to Indian entrepreneurs. Read more.
6.30 a.m.: Prime Minister Modi also toured Google HQ with CEO Sundar Pichai in Mountain View, California, where Mr Pichai announced a proposal for the introduction of broadband connectivity, through Wi-Fi hotspots, at 100 railway stations. Read more.
6.25 a.m.: Welcoming Mr. Modi to the Facebook campus, CEO Mark Zuckerberg appreciated ‘Digital India’ and talked about the need for connectivity. He also spoke about how Mr. Modi is setting an example on how to connect with citizens using social media. Read more.
6.20 a.m.: A day after Mr. Modi met up with leading technology entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley – from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Tesla, Adobe, Cisco, and Qualcomm among others, he addressed a Townhall style Q and A session with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the latter’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
6.15 a.m.: Those attending the event have to go through a security screening which organisers claim is tighter than that of an airport.
6.10 a.m.: The Indian community in California is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a grand reception at the SAP Center in Silicon Valley.