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When Modi came calling Down Under

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Brisbane to attend the G20 summit, there was excitement already building up with the diaspora in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra – the three states he was visiting besides his G20 commitments. In Melbourne where I live, the Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) had planned months in advance to run the Modi Express, a special train which was to take 220 passengers to the Allphones Arena where Modi was scheduled to address 16,000 members of the community. The Modi Express, brainchild of Ashwin Bora, head of the OFBJP, Victoria chapter, was meant to be a symbolic dedication to Modi who grew up selling tea in train stations, Bora told me. But he was not very hopeful that many would come forward to take part in a train journey especially in a country where flying is cheaper and quicker. But on Sunday (November 17), Bora was in for a surprise when the world’s media turned their attention on the Modi Express as it made a historic journey fr