25 November, 2020

Laboured Effort

Ireland done, will Modi’s UK visit be a mere diaspora event?

Laboured Effort

Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the United Kingdom is a bit of an enigma. Is it an official state visit or is it only meant for a rally to entertain the Indian diaspora? The UK government has made no official announcement. All the publicity claims ‘Ind­ians in UK plan grand reception for Modi’, not ‘UK plans grand reception for Modi’. The company inviting applicants excludes many hardworking British Indians and genuine Modi supporters, as also British people interested in India who’d like to experi­ence the Modi charisma first-hand. The Twitter acc­ount UKWel­comesModi declares, “Only Not for Profit community organisations are eligible for Welcome Partner status. Private companies and fam­ily trusts are not.”

UKWelcomesModi, by the way, is administe­red by not-for-profit org­anisation Europe India Forum (EIF), registered at Compa­nies House in June 2015. The banner for the visit on the UKWel­comesModi website—‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious...



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