I was one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to attend PM Modi's rally in San Jose and it was a great experience. The event was hosted by a group of Indian associations helped by local companies. The event was well planned and executed with named tickets and allocated seating. All the diversed associations (Telugu association, Marathi Mandal, Gujarat association, etc) worked together to make the event successful. It was a patriotic environment with 18000+ Indians (not differentiating between religion, region, or language) meeting with pride and most people in Indian attire. The stadium started filling up at 1:30 pm although, the event was to start at 5 pm, with the PM's speech scheduled to be at 7 pm. It was a proud moment for all the Indians here to see a group of US congress representatives, including Ms.Nancy Pelosi, attend the function. Proud to see, Congress woman, Tulsi Gabbard, an India origin congress woman attend the function. Their were cultural programs from 5 to 7, including Kailash Kher singing a few songs. When PM Modi entered the stage at 7 pm, everyone was on their feet to welcome the PM. It was a matter of pride for most of the people there to see their Prime Minister in such a close proximity. I have never seen any Prime Minister, this close. Modi gave a strong oratory speech that he is famous for and it was a star like performance, involving the audience through rhetoric questions. Personally, i felt that the style and delivery was perfect but the content was not elegant or royal. It was divisive, opposite to the enthusiasm and unity that went into the organization of the event. It sounded more as an election pitch instead of a prime ministerial speech. Some observations: 1. A wily reference to Robert Vadhera for making 1000 crores. Well Sir, you are in government, if you have proof go to court and arrest him. But saying it often doesn't make it right. 2. Mentioning that he is not corrupt. Sir, the earlier PM was also not corrupt, but just like him, you are silent on the Vyapam scams and the quid pro quo favors to Lalit Modi by your cabinet minister and the chief minister of your party. At least the previous government asked the tainted minister to resign. Also, the tainted ministers were from supporting parties. 3. Linking eliminating corruption of 7000 crores rupees through tying up of Aadhar card with LPG subsidy is a stretch. Aadhar card has not been issued yet to the whole population, so the actual number who knows. From talking to my brother, this is a hassle as one has to pay the full amount first and then get the subsidy in the account. So, our maid was complaining about it as she now has to shell out the full amount. It is a good initiative but claiming it to eliminate corruption by throwing large numbers is a stretch and unwarranted. No credit to earlier government for introducing the Aadhar card. 4. Asking the people that he had promised to work hard and did he work hard (of course, who is going to say no to that question in such a setting). But Sir, all the PMs and head of state work hard. That is the requirement of the job. Just the clerical portion of approving, itself is overwhelming. No mention about removing the red tape, tax reforms, higher capital rates, slow judiciary, infrastructure improvements - all the promises made last year in New York. 5. Clamming the credit of space research and space exploration, saying that people opposed when it was first started. Interestingly, the people that opposed at that time were none other than his party's senior colleagues. No credit to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for starting the programs in complete opposition by the western world. 6. The amount people deposited in the newly opened bank accounts was mentioned to be 32,000 crore rupees. In the independence day speech, this amount was 22,000 crore rupees. So in just over a month, people put in 10,000 crore rupees? If this is the rate of savings of the poor, then why is India poor? He claimed that nationalizing banks didn't meet it's goal of covering poor people, but he didn't give credit to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for nationalizing the banks which gave him an opportunity to open bank accounts with 0 balance. If the banking sector was private, such a project would have been impossible. 7. Claiming that India was out of BRICS reference and suddenly it is now in, for the last 15 months efforts is a stretch. Even if true, it was mainly created by the paralysis created by his party over the last few years in not passing the laws that his party is now trying to pass the same laws. Where was his concern about India getting deference in BRICS then and why didn't he stop his party from doing so? 8. Not in this speech but in other speeches, he has claimed of building 400,000 toilets in a year. That is 1000 toilets in a day!!! If we are able to build 1000 toilets a day with all the water, electricity, sewer facilities, then would that be a Guinness book record? And why is no one talking about it - none of the ministers, chief ministers, district magistrates, panchayats, principals, teachers etc. No one is talking about it except the Prime Minister. I was reading somewhere that villages still prefer to go out in the open as they feel suffocated and claustrophobia in a toilet. So, wouldn't it be essential to train the people and help them overcome it? Also, wouldn't it better to build toilets at railways stations and in cities where people need them and are used to using it? 9. No mention about the other religions, their sentiments and contribution. Sir, you are the Prime Minister of whole of India and India is a multi-religion country and words of comfort would have helped after the stream of activities like meat banning, cow slaughter banning, etc undertaken by your party. Many more.... I expected a much uniting and humble speech from the Prime Minister and was disappointed with the speech though I believe he is trying his best to improve India and India's image but marketing it over the board is creating unreasonable expectations for people and will create huge disappointment. Sir, you have the full mandate of the people of India. The campaigning is over. Let the work speak on its own. Anyway, the pouring of patriotism by the residents here was overwhelming - Mera Bharat Mahaan!!