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NY Diary: Sardesai roughed up, Adani appears

India Today group consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai was Sunday roughed up.

Written by Ritu Sarin |
Updated: September 29, 2014 1:49:57 am

Mob rules

CONSULTING editor of India Today group Rajdeep Sardesai was Sunday roughed up, apparently by pro-Modi supporters, outside the Madison Square Garden, shortly before the Prime Minister’s address. The news created a buzz on social networking site Twitter after @JFK_America posted, “Mob of people attacking an Indian journalist for being critical of Modi on the past. Accused of being a traitor.” Sardesai tweeted, “Great crowd at Modison square garden! except a few idiots who still believe abuse is a way of proving their machismo! (sic).” He added, “Glad we caught the idiots on cam. Only way to shame the mob is to show them”. Sardesai also posted, “Great publicity for my book. All those who took selfies have promised to buy it!” The small video of him being manhandled hit YouTube and was shared numerous times on Twitter.

Adani appears

SPOTTED among those frequently going up from the foyer of the New York Palace Hotel to the floor where the Prime Minister and his delegation are staying, was businessman Gautam Adani, who also heard Narendra Modi’s address to the UNGA. Adani told The Indian Express that RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani too was expected in New York, and that both of them would attend the business conclave at which top American CEOs would be present.

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Twitter followers

AT their 45-minute meeting on Saturday, the PM and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey are said to have discussed social media and its indispensability to good governance. Modi described his social media election campaign in detail to Christie, and the two are now following each other on Twitter.

English evening

THE Prime Minister spoke in English at Central Park, a decision guided by the fact that almost the entire crowd of 60,000 was made up of young students and teenagers. He had the aid of a teleprompter, but Modi digressed from the prepared text to make several impromptu observations.

Yes, Yoga!

SOUTH Asian leaders who met the PM on Saturday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Sushil Koirala, have endorsed the suggestion, made by Modi in his speech, to have an International Yoga Day. The MEA spokesperson later spoke about the initiative as a “goal” and “international objective” for which India would prepare over the next year.

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