About 400 representatives from 160 diverse Indian-American organizations attended a meeting in Silicon Valley on Aug 9 which was organized by the recently formed Indo-American Community of West Coast (IACWC) which has been mandated with the task of uniting all organizations for the purpose of planning the historic event. Modi is scheduled to address the Indian diaspora at the SAP Centre in San Jose on September 27. Organizers expect a house full at the SAP Centre, which has a capacity of 20,000 people.
BJP leader Ram Madhav inaugurated the formal process of registration on a newly created website at an event organized by IACWC, which was also addressed by Deputy Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Indian Consul General in San Francisco, Venkatesan Ashok.
“There are three main prongs to Prime Minister Modi’s overall goals: unity, security, and prosperity. He has been working night and day to ensure the presence of all three,” Madhav said in an address to the Indian- American community.”These community events all around the world not only help the Prime Minister communicate his objectives to a larger audience, but also help create the unity he seeks,” said Madhav. Khanderao Kand, IACWC spokesperson, said tickets to the prime minister’s event are free. In order to manage the high demand to hear Modi speak at the SAP Centre, all partnering organizations shall register through the website: www.pmmodiinca.org. Majority of passes will be distributed through the partnering organizations, he said. “We understand that the IACWC is a platform through which we must bring together the entire community, regardless of language, culture, religion or profession,” Kand said. In his remarks Sandhu stressed the importance of this event in the eyes of the world. “With unity comes political strength, and with political strength, the future belongs to India,” he said. Modi will fly back to New York on Sept 28 for a bilateral meeting with President Obama.