Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits United Kingdom

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Friday, November 13, 2015

On Thursday, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a three-day diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom, in a push for increased relations between the two nations. The United Kingdom is home to one of the largest Indian diasporas.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10 Downing Street.
Image: UK government.

Mr. Modi’s speech at Wembley Stadium covered many topics, notably the introduction of 10-year Indian rupee bonds to the London Stock Exchange; an estimated 60,000 people attended. On Thursday, he became the first Indian prime minister to address the British Parliament. Later in the week, a fireworks display will celebrate the visit, said to be the “largest firework display the UK has ever seen”.

Amid the commemoration, non-violent protests occurred, a major one being at Downing Street on Thursday. Many have blamed Modi for the 2002 Gujarat riots, which happened during Mr. Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat. Also, on Monday, a projection appeared on the British Houses of Parliament (near Big Ben) caricaturing Narendra Modi.

Modi is scheduled to remain abroad until November 16.