The upcoming U.S visit of Prime Minister Modi would see him addressing a crowd of Indian-Americans alongside President Donald Trump. PM Modi would start his visit to the U.S on 21st September. On his 5 day tour, the PM’s first stop would be Houston on 22nd September.
The special gesture of President @realDonaldTrump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy. #HowdyModi
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2019
In Houston Modi and Trump would address “Howdy, Modi” rally a special event organized for PM’s interaction with the Indian diaspora. The event is expected to be attended by a healthy crowd of around 50,000 people.
A Joint Rally For The 1st Time
The event on 22nd September would be the first time ever that an Indian PM and U.S President would be addressing a rally jointly. The initial speculations about whether President Trump would attend the rally or not were but to rest when the White House made and official announcement.
The Houston rally would be the third meeting between the two leaders in a span of 2-3 months. Earlier both the leaders met on the sidelines of G 2O in Japan and the G 7 summit in France, where India was specially invited by the hosts (France).
Indian Ambassador to U.S. Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the meeting of the two leaders is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US. The Howdy, Modi event would be an attempt to endorse the efforts Indian-American Diaspora (Around 3 Million).
Cutting across party lines other politicians and leaders of the U.S would attend the event at Houston. Prominent Republican and Democratic Congressmen and Senators, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and the second-ranking member of the Democratic Leadership. The presence of these personalities at the event reflects the strong bipartisan support for India-US relations in the political sphere of U.S
The event highlights how well India has transcended the political divide in the U.S. Carrying on from the good relations with the Obama administration India has setup cordial relations with the Trump administration as well. This is something that many other nations of the world have failed on.
Not A First Time For Trump
Interestingly, this would not be the first time Trump would be addressing Indian-Americans. In 2016 during the run-up to the Presidential elections, Trump address a crowd of ar0und 5,000 Indian-Americans in New Jersey. By doing he become the first and only Presidential candidate to date to solely address a crowd of Indian-Americans.
This would also be not the first time PM Modi would be presenting and address in the U.S. In 2014 and 2016 Modi attended a crowd of over 20,000 at Madison Square Garden and Silicon Valley respectively. The Howdy Modi, event would be the first thing on PM’s itinerary on his 5-day U.S tour.
On the 23rd September PM would attend a Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Post that the PM would attend a gathering on climate change. The focus of these meetings would be to accelerate actions towards Paris Climate Agreement.
PM Modi would also host a special event in New York, called ‘Leadership Matters: Relevance Of Gandhi in the Contemporary World’, at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN headquarters. The event would be hosted to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma.
On 24th September PM Modi would receive the ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’2019 as a mark of recognition for his work in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The award event would be hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This would be the 4th such award to be presented by the foundation.