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#Festive: Narendra Modi has the complete sartorial package – Manish Malhotra.

By his own admission, fashion designer Manish Malhotra is a workhalic who doesn’t understand the concept of putting up your feet with a glass of champagne and a spot of brunch on a Sunday afternoon.

That work ethos was never more evident when the designer launched his ‘Festive Collection’ at the London designer boutique Aashni + Co this week.

The Festive Collection is one of the highlights of the fashion calendar in India and coincides with the country’s festival season and this was the first time Malhotra has unveiled it in London – a city which he said was “special” to him and where he intends placing a permanent footprint in the not-too-distant future.

Malhotra was also unveiled on the day as an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, the charity founded by Prince Charles.

“I am overwhelmed at the opportunity of coming on board as an ambassador for The British Asian Trust.  I have been observing their great work for some time and am looking forward to contributing in my own way”, Malhotra said.

The UKAsian caught up with the designer to talk about his plans for London and the sartorial choices of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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#Divisions: Cheers, Scuffles and Tears as Narendra Modi visits Silicon Valley.

Lights flashed and chants of "Modi, Modi" filled the 18,000-seat sports arena in San Jose, California, on Sunday as the Indian premier took the stage for the final event of his Silicon Valley tour, marked by sporadic protests over his human rights record.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was winding up a whirlwind two-day U.S. West Coast trip and Sunday's event followed visits to some of the world's biggest technology companies, hoping to convince them to bring more investment and jobs to India.

Modi, 65, was the first Indian leader to visit the West Coast in more than 30 years.

His trip followed a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who met several tech leaders in Seattle last week.

Modi aimed to deepen ties with the U.S. technology sector and boost India's digital infrastructure by promoting his "Digital India" campaign, which seeks to connect thousands more villages to the Internet.

That campaign received a significant boost when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture to depict an Indian flag and pledging his company’s support to the initiative.

"(India) has moved on from scriptures to satellites," Mr Modi said.

"The world has started to believe that the twenty-first century belongs to India."

Technology executives, eager to expand into India with its 1.3-billion population, embraced Mr Modi's initiative, with CEOs from Google and Tesla Motors joining Zuckerberg in hosting Mr Modi at their headquarters.

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook met with the Prime Minister at his hotel.

The second day of his visit began with a town hall at Facebook headquarters with Zuckerberg, where Mr Modi spent 50 minutes on stage and discussed the importance of social media, Digital India and technological expansion in the country.

Modi is an avid user of social media and the second-most followed world leader after U.S. President Barack Obama.

He became emotional at one point when Zuckerberg asked him to speak about his mother.

"I came from a very poor family. ... We went to our neighbours' houses nearby (to) clean dishes, fill water, do hard chores.  So you can imagine what a mother had to do to raise her children."

Modi later visited Google headquarters and met with Indian-born Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, who announced that Google would bring wireless Internet to 500 Indian railway stations, news that Modi revealed at a dinner Saturday night with more than 350 business leaders.

Though Modi remains wildly popular in India with an 87 percent approval rating, some of his stops were met with protests of his human rights record.

Some claim that Modi did not do enough to stop 2002 religious riots in Gujarat that killed about 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, when he was chief minister of the state.

Anti-Narendra Modi protests in San Jose, California.

He has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Mostly Sikh protesters calling on Modi to answer for his rights record temporarily blocked one of Facebook's entrances.

Several hundred people gathered outside San Jose's SAP Center ahead of Modi's speech that lasted several hours.

Half were protesters shouting over metal barricades and holding signs that said "Modi believes in violence, not development," and "#ModiFail" that resulted in several scuffles.

Much of Modi's U.S. visit, on which he received rock-star welcomes, also focused on connecting with the Indian diaspora in Silicon Valley, the IT professionals who migrated in their droves over the past two decades to seize job opportunities that weren't available back home.

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#Reasoning: Narendra Modi defends ban on India’s Daughter

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended his government’s decision to ban British filmmaker Leslee Udwin’s documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape, saying it was to ensure the dignity of the victim was protected. “India’s Daughter” – which features an interview with one of the men who raped and …

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#Insight: ‘Narendra Modi does not recognize failure as an option’ – Lance Price

In spite of what is known about him – his love for yoga, affection for Barack Obama and love of a well-tailored suit – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains an enigma to many.

How did a man who used to peddle tea on trains, a man aligned to a conservative Hindu organization that is revered and reviled in equal measure, a man once considered a pariah by numerous western nations (including the US and UK), win a landslide victory to become leader of the world’s largest democracy?

How did an apparently austere right-wing politician harness the power of social media as well as a whole host of new technologies to reach out to more than 800 million voters – more than 171 million of whom voted for him?

How did a man once accused of overseeing the massacre of Muslims in his home state of Gujarat come to be lauded by world leaders, and be the object of such unbridled affection – from Barack Obama to Shinzo Abe; from Madison Square Garden to Thimphu?

These and a myriad other questions are now answered – to varying degrees – in a new book titled ‘The Modi Effect’ by Lance Price, the British journalist and one-time advisor to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Lance Price

Price became the first person to interview the newly-elected Prime Minister after his spectacular triumph, grilling Modi for several hours and gaining largely-unfettered access to his inner circle.

It was a coup for someone who is a total outsider, evidence of Price’s’ reputation for perseverance - one which is only matched by Modi’s reputation for managing perceptions.

Modi’s is, in fact, an excellent decision because Price offers a myriad advantages – not least the fact that he is a naturally curious outsider, an award winning journalist and a man who has first-hand experience into how politicians shape and shift public opinion.

However, ‘The Modi Effect’ is particularly enjoyable given that Price has written it first from the perspective of a curious outsider, secondly as a journalist and thirdly as a political strategist.

He tells the UKAsian about his experience delving into the psyche of the man that is Narendra Modi.

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