A Seminar was organised by the Indian Forum on British Media at the House of Commons, attended by more than 60 prominent people from the British politics besides several media-savvy Indians. The event was hosted by Mr Virendra SharmaMP. The speakers were Mr.C.B. Patel (Editor-in-Chief, Asian Voice), Alpesh Patel (Entrepreneur and Investor), Dr.Keerti Mathur ( Doctor & Choreographer), Dhruv Chhatralia (Lawyer and Gita exponent) and Suresh Gupta (Philanthropist)
Prabhakar Kaza, President of the Forum, introduced the topic and requested both the speakers and the audience to give their free and frank opinion on the reception received by the Indian prime minister and the lasting impact on the bilateral relationship.
Mr Krishan Ralleigh, the General Secretary of the Forum gave a brief introduction of the aims and objectives of the Indian Forum on British Media. Modi, he said, was given Rock Star style reception by UK Indians.
“Modi made Indians proud,” said Mr.C.B.Patel, a champion of Asian causes for the last four decades.
Alpesh Patel brought out the various economic benefits and educated the audience with his oratorical skills.
Dhruv Chhatralia gave a statistical dimension to the evening and added enormous substance to the after-effects of Modi’s visit. The speakers highlighted the economic, social and political benefits to the British people, Indian diaspora and India. They were unanimous that the British Government had accorded Mr.Modi a grand welcome, unprecedented in nature and the 60,000-plus strong public reception by the Indian diaspora at Wembley Stadium had an Olympic appearance.
The British media viewed the visit in a balanced fashion and in addition to economic benefits of trade between the two nations, educational interaction, research and development was emphasised within the City of London about India’s development. The impact of the visit, the panel agreed was not ephemeral but long lasting. It strengthened the relations within the Commonwealth of which India has always been a prominent stakeholder.
The meeting concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Mr.Krishan Ralleigh to Mr.Virendra Sharma, the Member of Parliament who made concerted efforts to hold the event.