The Indian diaspora across the world recently came together to celebrate the 100th episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular radio programme, Mann Ki Baat. The programme, which started over seven years ago, has become a platform for the Prime Minister to communicate directly with the Indian people and has seen tremendous success in India and abroad.
In London, the Indian High Commission hosted a special screening of the 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat, which was attended by eminent personalities from various fields of art and literature. The turnout was massive, with the entire Indian diaspora in England coming together at India House to listen to the broadcast.
The enthusiasm among the Indian diaspora was palpable, with many describing their experience as “fantastic” and “absolutely fruitful”. Singer Raageshwari noted that the programme brings not just the country but also the youngsters together, while author Amish Tripathi observed that the participation among people who came to listen to PM Modi in London shows the connection he has with people not just in India but across the world.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, the Indian diaspora was also gearing up to witness the historic broadcast. The NID Foundation and the Indian High Commission in New Zealand organized a special screening at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Auckland, which was attended by many Indians from different communities. In addition to the Indian diaspora, Member Parliaments and Political Leaders of all five Political Parties; Labour Party, Green Party, National Party, ACT, and Te-Pati Maori Party also joined for the special broadcast.
During the special broadcast, 100 Indian women formed the Mann Ki Baat logo, along with 100-year-old Ramben from Gujarat, who had especially travelled all the way from Wellington to witness the programme. The organizers of the event, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron of the NID Foundation, and Neeta Bhushan, Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand, had been working tirelessly to ensure that the Indian diaspora in New Zealand could celebrate the 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat in style.
The enthusiasm and participation of the Indian diaspora in the 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat highlight India’s global footprint and the deep connection that Indians have with their motherland. As India continues to make its mark on the world stage, the Indian diaspora is a powerful reminder of the country’s rich culture, heritage, and values. The coming together of the Indian diaspora for Mann Ki Baat is a testimony to the Prime Minister’s connection with his people and the pride that Indians feel for their country, no matter where they are in the world.