Indians suggest PM talk about Swachh Bharat, racial abuse

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 23:51 IST

Some of them want him to announce CBSE schools in Sydney and Melbourne. Some have requested him to consider e-voting facility for NRI/PIOs. More importantly, a large number people have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “please tell the Australians not to bully Indians.”

After landing in Brisbane on Friday, PM Modi has received more than 3,000 suggestions/demands from people on what should be his talking-points at the gala public event at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on 17 November. Weeks ago, in a first-of-its-kind move, Modi had sought suggestions for the event through an open forum, especially from the Indian community in Australia.

Interestingly, Modi’s pet project Swachh Bharat, racial abuse of Indians and tourism invoked maximum response from participants.

“We can learn from Australia and implement the same in our Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. In return we can teach them Yoga, hospitality,” read one post at, the online interface between the government and people.

In his address at MCG, Modi will share some of the ideas received and also reveal the names of those who shared the ideas.

People have also suggested him to promote cooperation in production and research in Ayurveda, skill development training in tourism and mining and partnership to tackle the drug menace.

There are also demands to talk with Australian authorities to “increase the scope of part time job for Indian students in Australia” and give a “quota for the children of NRIs in professional colleges in India.

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