Howdy Modi Event: The synergistic result of “the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies” sharing a stage turned the diaspora gathering in Houston, Texas, into a potent political view. Beamed to a billion homes global, ‘Howdy Modi’ has placed Indo-US relationships in worldwide attention, to the mutual benefit of both countries.
President Donald Trump’s importance on a “strong security partnership.”
And a mutual responsibility to fight “radical Islamic terror” and safeguard respective edges will have purpose observed and minutely examined in Beijing and Islamabad. Washington has assumed a strong stance on China, while India has successfully maintained Pakistan’s efforts to increase Kashmir.
The Indian Prime Minister well supported the abrogation of article 370 and took a potshot at Pakistan for encouraging terror, concurrently lauding Trump’s position against terrorism. He mentioned, thereby, that the US is on the same page as India on the issue.
Trump’s very presence at the event had a multiplier influence in terms of impact. Conversely, PM Modi’s rockstar status among Indian-Americans, declared by the crackling fire and energy at the NSG Stadium in Houston, may well rub off on Trump.
PM Modi noted that POTUS had violated custom to visit a diaspora rally for a foreign head of state on American soil.
(the fact that he trained up late may have cost him a few spirit points). As Modi said, it was ‘unique’ and ‘excellent’.
His gushy praise of India’s “true friend in the White House” and repetition of “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar.”
Will not have been lost on the four million PIOs in the US, most of whom declared for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Republicans could do with a “Modi-booster” in the motion state of Texas, where the diaspora is 500,000-strong and moderately prosperous.
” Howdy Modi “Trump reached out to the Indian-American community, lauding their addition to the country and getting it clear that his anti-immigrant speech refers only to those who come across the border illegally.
The event itself was bipartisan, with legislators from both parties present. House Majority leader Steny Hoyer (Democrat) made it a point to emphasise the bipartisan nature of the US relationship with India.
PM Modi’s natural power of symbolic gestures had him winning hearts from the source of his visit,
as he turned to pick up a fallen flower from the red carpet at Houston airport,
comforted an over-emotional Kashmiri intellectual NRI, hugged an Indian-American kid and schmoozed with CEOs of potential majors,
before receiving the key to Houston at what was the largest-ever meeting addressed by a foreign dignitary on US soil.
Modi took the chance to harp on India’s continuing economic growth and improved governance through leveraging digital technology,
At a time when the country’s floundering economy has evoked concern. Trump, likewise, stressed the strength of the US economy, diverting attention from the risk regarding a US-China business deal.
The planned demonstrations against both Modi and Trump by separatist and human rights groups were reduced to a tiny footnote, dominated by the main event of the day. Emboldened by severe analysis of the Event by US politician Bernie Sanders in a Houston daily, the demonstrators rallied outside the NRG Stadium but were held at bay by police barriers.
Given the well-being at the NSG stadium, the fact that the much-anticipated ‘mini’ trade deal is still in the works didn’t seem to matter. For his part, President Trump delivered no secret of his desire for greater market access to India, explicitly relating to energy and support exports.
The body language between the two leaders held warmth and friendliness in agreement. With the mutual admiration shown in their speeches. They were happy, holding hands and placing an arm around each other’s shoulders. Trump suggested he might come to India soon and the PM invited on the spot.
All in all, coming together in the Lone Star state has proved to be a ‘Trump’ card for both.