Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently elected on a pro-capitalism (and btw, pro-Israel) platform, appeared today to a packed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

I watched much of the speech, with English translation, but it was really, really long (full video here), so I only heard parts.  The parts I heard were similar to the economic empowerment and pro-growth policies that you likely would hear from a conservative growth candidate here.

Modi also cheered on the crowd of Indian immigrants, thanking them for raising the profile and pride of India.

Indian PM Modi at Madison Square Garden 9-28-2014 crowd

Here are some highlights gathered by an Indian TV network:

  • India used to be known as a country of snakes and snake charmers
  • It is only because of you (Indian-American community) that we have made such a huge progress
  • If not for you all,there wouldn’t have been an IT revolution
  • You (Indian-American community) have earned a lot of respect in USA through skills and values
  • America is the oldest democracy in the world. India is the biggest democracy in the world.
  • People from around the world have settled in America. People from India have settled across the world.
  • It is our endeavour to make development a people’s movement
  • If the nation has to progress then good governance is essential

This will warm your hearts:

  • The earlier government spoke only of what laws they have made
  • I have begun removing obsolete laws
  • The more laws we get rid of the better it will be for us

Here are some tweets of the event by the Prime Minister and others:

Update 9-29-2014: