US turns on charm as Narendra Modi roadshow rolls into New York | World news |

US turns on charm as Narendra Modi roadshow rolls into New York | World news |
Prime minister Narendra Modi received a rock star reception in New York as thousands cheered on the new right-wing leader. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

No expense had been spared by the organisers of the $1.5m event. The stage of New York’s Madison Square Garden was filled with dancers in traditional dress, while a laser show and holograms of historical Indian figures lit up the backdrop. Shots of rising skyscrapers, microchip factories and Asia’s largest solar-energy plant were framed by balloons in the colours of the Indian and US flags.

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