A special book launch event on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his contribution to governance, development and service to humanity was held in Melbourne across Tasman on Sunday, August 7. 

The event witnessed participation from several dignitaries around the world, including India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi, High Commissioner of India to Australia Manpreet Vohra, Local MP of Australian Labour Party, Julian Christopher Hill, Hon Consul of India to New Zealand Bhav Dhillon, Chief Patron NID Foundation, among several key stakeholders from the global Indian diaspora all around the world.

The event was organised by Sarabjot Dhillon and Rupinder Brar who are successful members of the Indian Diaspora in Melbourne.

NID Foundation (New India Foundation) - an India based Non-Government Organisation committed to India’s social, economic, and political outreach and engagement with communities, both domestically and internationally by generating reform-oriented intelligence – has been at the forefront of organising a global chain of events titled as “Vishva Sadbhavna – Gesture of Goodwill” and spread awareness about the works and achievements of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking on the occasion about the philosophy behind the series of “Vishwa Sadbhavna” events Mr Sandhu said, “For us, Vishwa Sadbhavana is a mission to spread brotherhood, peace, harmony & Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision & India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.”

Representing the Kiwi-Indian presence, the Hon Consul of India Bhav Dhillon, who also emceed the coveted event, enlightened the guests in attendance that the series of global Vishwa Sadbhavna – Gesture of Goodwill events had its beginning on April 29 earlier this year when India’s Prime Minister Mr Modi had opened his residence for more than 140 members of the Global Sikh delegates as part of his efforts to outreach with Sikh community.

Following that earlier event in New Delhi, the NID foundation has taken upon itself to organise such events across key centres of the global Indian diaspora all around the world, and the Melbourne chapter was the second such event after an earlier held event in Chicago, on the west coast of the United States of America.

The two books launched in Australia on occasion were Modi @20: Dreams Meet Delivery' and 'Heartfelt: The Legacy of Faith. The former book delves into the rise of Narendra Modi in Indian politics and as the Prime Minister of the world’s largest country and describes it as a watershed moment in Indian politics, whereas the latter book showcases PM Modi's special bond with the Sikh community.

Mr Dhillon also revealed from the stage that a similar special book launch event is also planned for New Zealand and is in the early stages of planning, and more details of the event will be announced in due course.