Echoing the famous "I have a dream" words of former American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told thousands of Indian Americans that "I have a dream (about India)" and "I will make the Bharat of your dreams."
Concluding his hour-long address, Modi thanked the 20,000-strong gathering gathered at the Madison Square Garden for their love which he said had remained unstinted for almost 15 years.
“You have so much love for me, probably no other Indian leader has received this kind of love... Mein iska karz chukaoonga (I shall repay this debt), to make the the Bharat of your dreams,” Modi said, to loud chants of “Modi, Modi”.
“Together we will serve our country, for the motherland where we got birth and our learning,” he said.
He ended his speech by loudly saying Bharat Mata ki Jai” thrice, and asked the audience to raise their clenched fists in the air and repeat the invocation three times
"I Have a Dream" was a public speech delivered by Martin Luther King on Aug 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the US. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.