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My one on one interaction with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be stated as an epic moment. On the 27th of June 2017 he visited The Hague for just halve a day. A brand new sports campus was chosen by the Embassy of India to organize PM’s welcome. In total 3000 members of the Indian Diaspora community attended to this special occasion were PM Modi gave an impactful speech about the importance of the Sarnami Hindustani community.

Since this was PM Modi’s first visit to The Netherlands the entire event was even more special. DesiYUP had the honor to open the cultural program with Indian World Music band Maati Baani, duo Kartik Shah and Nirali performed their favorite songs for the Diaspora Community. Right after their performance a small group of 20 pre-selected members of the Indian Diaspora were honored by the Embassy of India and Ambassador H.E. Venu Rajamony to have a one on one meet and greet with Prime Minister Modi. In this brief moment surrounded by members of the press and photographers the Ambassador introduced each of us separately, introducing DesiYUP as the soft power of India. This brief interaction was for sure one of the most memorable moments of 2017.

This is the second time that DesiYUP participated actively in a cultural program for PM Modi, in 2016 we were in Brussels with a music performance.

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With Love

Mahesvari