London, Dec 11: A gathering of over 60,000 people in London’s Wembley Stadium gave a warm reception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was the largest welcome any foreign head of government has ever received in the United Kingdom. Indian diaspora comprising different communities – be it Gujarati, Marathi or Punjabi, was present to listen to the Prime Minister. Besides praising the Indian diaspora in general, the Prime Minister, in particular, spoke about the contribution of Sikh community in bringing laurels to India. During his visit to UK, Modi also met with a 30-member Sikh delegation and discussed their concerns. The Sikh diaspora expressed happiness that Prime Minister Modi had listened to their concerns and assured action. Hindus living in the United Kingdom also welcomed PM Modi’s intervention to resolve issues with the Sikh community living abroad. A large number of Sikhs were forced to migrate to the U.S. and European countries when Punjab was hit by militancy in early 1980s. Some of them were blacklisted and many were arrested in India for their alleged links with Sikh terrorist organizations. Sikhs want the release of political prisoners who have completed their jail terms in India.
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