Indian PM Narendra Modi is in the United Kingdom after his Scandinavian trip and he interacted with the Indian diaspora in London through “Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath” programme held in Westminster’s Central Hall on Wednesday.

After being received with mixed greetings from anguished NRIs upon landing in the United Kingdom, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora in his ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme on Wednesday during his three-day-long visit. Prior to the programme, hundreds of people had gathered up at the Parliament Square in London with placards that were clearly unwelcoming for the leader. The protest’s main focus on the horrific gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Kathua and multiple other rape cases in India. The Indians in London protested to condemn Modi and his government’s silence and inactivity while the nation is becoming unsafe for women, children and the minority communities.

Despite being welcomed with “Go home Modi” and “Modi not welcome” placards, Modi decided to take it to his signature interactive sessions – like it was – “Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath”. While addressing the mostly-anguished audience at Westminster Central Hall on Wednesday, Modi said that he was the servant of 1.25 billion Indians and that he did not wish to write his name in the history books. Talking about the programs and India’s stand against terrorism, Modi bragged about the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in the aftermath of the Uri attack. Besides these, the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (NHPM), dubbed as ‘Modicare’ by the BJP was also a topic Modi hit on.

Unable to ignore the recent spate of rape cases in the country, including the Kathua and Unnao case and said that “rape is rape” and it must not be politicised. Modi said, “We always ask our daughters about what they are doing, where they are going. We must ask our sons too. The person who is committing these crimes is also someone’s son. I have never indulged in counting the number of rape incidents in this government and that government. Rape is rape, be it now or earlier. It is extremely sad. Don’t politicise rape incidents. The rape of a daughter is a matter of shame for the country.” And that is about it for the PM.

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