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Kenya’s Indian diaspora readies for ‘Diwali-like’ welcome for PM Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Nairobi, June 16 (UITV)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Africa in the first half of next month. As it will be the first visit to Modi to mainland Africa, PM Modi is scheduled to address Indian diaspora in Nairobi on July 10.

Kenya’s Indian diaspora has been urged not to miss the historic welcome event planned for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 10, as Modi speech has been billed as Nairobi’s Diwali event of this year.

The grand event has been organized by Dr. Manu Chandaria, the Convener of the Advisory Committee of the Karibu Kenya Modiji Planning and Coordination Committee.

“Let our numbers show our strength. PM Modi’s visit to Kenya will improve our prestige as people. We need him to create a face for us, better then what we have right now. And if we want to continue our presence in this region for another century, we must remain united as an Asian community and continue to continue to development… that will open the door for the progress of our communities.” Said Dr. Chandaria, who is a leading industrialist and community leader, who has been honored with numerous awards, including the Pravasi Bharitiya Samman.

The application deadline is June 18 and about 10,000 have reportedly applied for the expected 20,000 strong audience. Kenya hosts one of the Africa’s largest Indian diaspora that waits in anticipation. Indian diaspora members from neighboring countries are also expected to attend this event.

The vast majority of Kenyan Indians came from Gujarat with strong links with India. Punjabis came next followed by other communities. The Indian diaspora in Kenya is diverse and there are several associations representing different communities, which run places of worship and schools.