PM Modi also said that there is no reason for India to remain poor, asserting, 'we harbour poverty for no reason'.

The Prime Minister was addressing thousands of people, almost all of Indian origin, at a Grand Community reception in his honour at the iconic Wembley Stadium, home to rock concerts and England's national soccer team. The event was themed 'Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future'.

Courting the Indian diaspora with rock star-style tour on the second day of his three-day visit to the UK, the first by an Indian Premier in 10 years, Modi got a rapturous welcome when he reached one of Britain's most famous sporting venues this evening. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 people were present at the event, according to the organisers.

Modi was introduced to the gathering by British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose wife Samantha, draped in a saree, was also present.

"India is full of diversity. This diversity is our pride and it is our strength. Diversity is the specialty of India," he said, adding that despite the country being home to diverse religions, over 100 languages and 1,500 dialects Indians have proved how to live together.

The Prime Minister said the whole world is amazed how 125 crore people with so much diversity live peacefully with love and affection.

Modi, who was speaking against the backdrop of raging debate on 'intolerance' in India, told the gathering during the course of his 75-minute address that newspaper and TV headlines are not the barometer to assess the country.

"India is not only that much what is seen in newspapers. India is much bigger. India with its 125 crore people is much bigger and better with a preeminent position beyond the screen of Television," he said.

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