Prime Minister Narnendra Modi began his tour of Silicon Valley with an interaction with the Indian-American community as he arrived in San Jose on Saturday to give a strong push to his drive for technological innovation in India.
Singer Kailash Kher shared the stage with Modi at the community reception hosted by the Indian diaspora at the Imperial Ballroom of Hotel Fairmont.
A woman tied a rakhi to him during the interaction. Members of the Sikh and Gujarati community also met him.
Earlier on arrival at the Norman Y. Minte San Jose International Airport, Modi was given a red carpet welcome with San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo and his wife receiving him.
An enthusiastic crowd of supporters was on hand to welcome him amid chants of “Modi, Modi” as he alighted from the Air India one aircraft greeting them with a “Namaste”.
Amid tight security and barricading, fans reached out to the prime minister for handshakes and autographs.
Many wearing tricolour scarves and waving Indian flags held aloft signs saying “We Support Digital India.” There were also banners saying “USA loves India”.
“Landed in San Jose to a great welcome. Eagerly awaiting the programmes in the coming 2 days,” Modi tweeted.
Landed in San Jose to a great welcome. Eagerly awaiting the programmes in the coming 2 days. pic.twitter.com/CetJtnzuYX— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 26, 2015
“Straight to the community. PM attends Diaspora event in San Jose, greets leading Indians/PIOs,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
After the interaction with the Indian-community, Modi visited the headquarters of automaker Tesla in Palo Alto where he met with the company’s CEO Elon Musk and took a tour of the facility.