Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the guest of honour at a community reception hosted by the Indian Australian Diaspora Foundation (IADF) ahead of the QUAD Leaders’ Summit in Sydney, Australia on May 23. Through this event, the IADF aims to provide the ever-growing Indian diaspora of Australia the opportunity to feel closer to their roots by listening to the Indian leader.
According to the organizers, 20,000 diaspora members registered for the event as of May 4 and an overwhelming amount of sponsorship deals have trickled in from hundreds of diaspora organizations covering various social, religious, cultural, linguistic, business, and professional backgrounds.
An IADF news release informed that individuals will go through a verification process before receiving a free entry pass. As per data from the Ministry of External Affairs, Australia’s NRI population amounts to 2,41,000, Persons of Indian Origin (POIs) are 2,55,000, and the continent is home to 4,96,000 Overseas Indians.
The event is touted as a cultural fest that will feature performances from individuals and groups showcasing various dance and musical forms with the rich and diverse culture of India being the major highlight. IADF has received over 100 proposals for cultural performances. A spotlight on how the Indian diaspora has contributed toward enriching Australia’s pluralist society is another highlight of the upcoming event.
Modi’s first official visit to Australia was in November 2014 for a four-day trip wherein he covered Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne. His visit broke the 28-year hiatus since an Indian Prime Minister visited the continent. With his attendance at the Quad Summit, his first since 2014, Modi along with other leaders from India, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. will discuss ways to promotestability in the Indo-Pacific region.
IADF is a non-profit organization established to promote and celebrate India’s diversified culture in Australia. Separated by geography from India by roughly 7,989 kilometres, IADF provides a platform for the Indian diaspora to network, come together, and promote cultural and community events.