Washington, D.C. — A high-profile public reception organized by the Indian American community in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York on Sept. 28 will be hosted by Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and a popular Indian American news anchor.
Davuluri, 25, is the first Indian American to be crowned Miss America 2014, and Hari Sreenivasan, 40, is a PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor.
Nearly 20,000 Indians are expected to be present at the prestigious Madison Square Garden on Sept. 28 for Modi's public reception, which is said to be the largest of its kind for any head of the state in the U.S.
"Citizens of the world's greatest democracy are eager to hear from the leader of the world's largest democracy," said Anand Shah, spokesperson of the Indian American Community Foundation, which was formed recently to bring together organizations from across the Indian American diaspora.
The foundation has the support of more than 400 Indian American organizations from across the country.
Shah said there is a great enthusiasm among Indian Americans for the public reception of Modi, who was voted to power with an overwhelming majority this year — the first in three decades.
"Tickets to the event are free. The program has been generously sponsored by thousands of individuals who are excited to participate in an unprecedented show of support to promote a stronger friendship between the U.S. and India," Shah said in an IACF statement, which has received thousands of more applications from Indian Americans than the number of seats available at the Madison Square Garden.
A lottery will finally decide who would actually have a seat inside Madison Square Garden to listen live to Modi.
In addition to the thousands of general public, and community leaders, a large number of elected officials are also expected to attend Modi's public reception.