Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a rousing reception by thousands of Indians at Dubai Cricket Association (DCA) Stadium on Monday.
PM Modi is never shy about talking about his achievements. He certainly knows the rules of marketing and uses his oratorical skills to the best. While delivering a speech at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on his two day maiden trip to the United Arab Emirates he did the same. Here is how Modi boasted about India’s improved relations with the SAARC countries under his tenure in just one speech .
In Dubai, during his speech to nearly 50,000 Indians, Modi talked tough on terror, taking digs at Pakistan’s soft stance on the issue, and also announced UAE’s plan to invest Rs 4.5 lakh crore in India.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF SPEECH..
1. Boundary settlement with Bangladesh.
2. India-Nepal are partners through thick and thin.
3. Modi feels fortunate to be able to go to Jaffna (Sri Lanka).
4. Being pro-active about helping Maldives.
5. Took a jibe at Pakistan while talking about helping Afghanistan.
Here are the 10 latest developments on his trip:
- The cricket stadium where the PM will talk at 9.30 pm IST tonight can hold 40,000 people and has been billed “Marhaba (welcome) NaMo”. Organizers said an additional 15,000 people will be seated outside with food stalls, DJs and video walls where the speech will be broadcast.
- Gates to the stadium will open at 3 pm. Some 2.6 million Indians live and work in the UAE, according to Indian embassy figures. The embassy estimates about 60 per cent of those are blue-collar workers.
- The PM’s speech will be preceded by a cultural programme that starts at 6.30 pm IST and features a line-up of international artistes, according to organizers.
- About 200 workers broke into applause when Mr Modi arrived at an indoor basketball court yesterday at a large labour camp in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi. The PM chatted with the workers, enquiring about the place and their welfare and jobs, but made no comments to the media.
- The agenda for his address, expected to be broadcast on local radio stations, is ” to convey that the safety, security and welfare conditions for Indian workers should not be ignored,” a senior Indian government official told news agency Reuters.
- In November, India launched a campaign for higher wages for its workers in the Gulf states. Indian diplomats raised the minimum salaries they recommend because of higher living costs.
- On Sunday, the PM toured the main mosque in Abu Dhabi, in what is being sent as a strong message of his commitment to religious freedom and communal harmony back at home.
- Dressed in a cream-coloured kurta with an orange and white stole, the PM posed for a selfie with the ministers who accompanied him to the mosque.
- PM Modi’s two-day visit to Abu Dhabi is the first by an Indian Prime Minister since Indira Gandhi’s trip in 1981.
- He will seek to engage Abu Dhabi, one of the richest sovereign wealth funds in the world, to invest in India as well as expand cooperation in the energy sector. Abu Dhabi accounts for 9 percent of India’s energy needs and India wants to increase that.
But he assured that India is not going to stop helping Afghanistan. Modi said India will be happy if Afghanistan who has been suffering since a long time is able to stand on its feet.
While highlighting India-UAE talks on terrorism, Modi took a dig on Pakistan, he did not leave the UPA regime as well and criticized the UPA for not having visited the Gulf nation in 34 years.
PM Modi seems to have learnt a lot from the marketing gurus and uses the lessons well on a big platform.