Red Arrows to Greet Modi in London


Red Arrows with fumes of Tri-colour will fly over the prestigious Wembley Stadium in London on Friday when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the diaspora….reports Asian Lite News

UK Welcomes Modi WembleyPrime Minister David Cameron, who hosted a Diwali reception at his official residence No 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, said he is eagerly looking forward to meet the most popular politician on planet earth.

Asian Lite is producing a special edition to greet Modi.

Cameron said the Ministry of Defence has scrambled to find the right colour of saffron for the Red Arrows to match with the colours of the Indian flag.

“I think it’s going to be spectacular. We are going to see for the first time ever the Red Arrows flying but with the colours of the Indian flag coming out in the smoke behind,” Cameron said. “I can’t tell you how many officials it took in the MoD to find the orange smoke – it was one of the most complicated procurement acts we had in recent times. But that will happen.”

“To me what’s exciting about all this is that we are talking of two countries that have very close ties, that have very intertwined histories, that have a very strong past together.

“But what I think is so important is the future that we can have together,” he added.

Modi will arrive in London tomorrow and his first official event will be at 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister David Cameron. After a joint press meet, the prime minister  will head to see Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Parliament Square at Westminster. He will then address a joint session of the Parliament.

-2The same evening Mr Modi will meet top CEOs of mainly the manufacturing sector and will then settle for dinner at the Chequers Court – the Prime Minister’s country residence.

The surprise addition though in list of things to do is on November 13. PM Modi is likely to have a private lunch meeting with Her Majesty, The Queen at Buckingham Palace. A visit to the Warwick University near the Jaguar manufacturing plant in the Midlands is on the cards, before he heads to Wembley Stadium to speak to a massive audience of over 60,000.

On the last day of his tour on November 14, PM Modi would inaugurate Dr Ambedkar Memorial in London and a statue of Basaweshwara, poet and social reformer. 

The Indian community is also enthralled to welcome Modi to London.

Sarosh Zaiwalla
Sarosh Zaiwalla

Mr Sarosh Zaiwalla, an Indian-born British lawyer and the first Asian to set up a law firm in the City of London, has said: “India and the UK have for many years enjoyed a strong bond when it comes to economic cooperation, the rule of law, the sharing of intellectual property, and the relatively free movement of labour. Much to the excitement of our community, this relationship is set to be celebrated and renewed when Mr Modi lands on British soil tomorrow.”

Rajesh Agrawal, Founder and CEO of Xendpay
Rajesh Agrawal, Founder and CEO of Xendpay

Mr Rajesh Agrawal, the Indian Founder & CEO of UK-based companies RationalFX and Xendpay, and business advisor to London Mayoral Candidate Sadiq Khan MP, has said: “Now is a time to celebrate the great talents of the Indian community and the benefits they bring to the UK, both economically and socially. If the success of the British Indian community is anything to go by, then the Government must recognise that we should not close our doors to such a rich resource of labour if we want to compete in the world market in the long-term.”


Mihir Kapadia, CEO of Sun Global InvestmentsMr Mihir Kapadia, a London-based Indian entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of international wealth management firm Sun Global Investments, has said: “Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK gives London’s financial services sector a unique opportunity to cement ties with what is now the world’s fastest growing economy and work together with their Indian counterparts to take advantage of the liberalisation of the Indian economy. British companies should be confident that an investment in India will not go unrewarded.”