‘Howdy, Modi!’: Donald Trump greets Indian PM at memorable Texas Assembly
Approximately 50,000 people assembled for what Mr. Trump declared a “profoundly historic event” on Sunday in Houston.
The “Howdy, Modi!” event was advertised as one of the greatest ever receptions of an international leader in the US.
Mr. Modi, nevertheless, may face a frostier reception at the UN General Assembly.
He is expected to face criticism over tensions in Indian-administered Kashmir, which he removed of its unique status last month, agreeing to restore the region to its “past glory”.
The country has been in lockdown for more than a month with thousands of activists, politicians and industry leaders arrested.
Trade talks and the UN General Assembly are on the Indian prime minister’s plan during his week-long stay to the United States.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has remained the most vocal worldwide leader to oppose India’s Kashmir movement, is also in the US for the UN convention. Like Mr. Modi, he will have a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Trump on the interests of the summit.
A 90-minute show, highlighting 400 performers, warmed up the masses before Mr. Modi and Mr. Trump bestowed the stage.
“I’m so inspired to be here in Texas with one of America’s greatest, most devoted and most loyal friends, Prime Minister Modi of India,” Mr. Trump told the crowd.
In his address, Mr. Modi said India has a “true friend” in the White House, representing Mr. Trump as “friendly, friendly, accessible, vibrant and full of wit”.
“From CEO to commander-in-chief, from boardrooms to the Oval Office, from studios to the global platform… he has left a lasting impact everywhere,” Modi said.
Welcomed by standing applause, Mr. Trump used his speech to gather recognition on Mr. Modi, who he said was doing a “truly exceptional job for India” and its personalities.
Trump also gave tribute to the Indian-American inhabitants, telling them “we are truly gratified to have you as Americans”.
The US has a community of about 4 million Indians who are seen as a frequently significant vote bank in the nation.
Aside from Mr. Trump, organizers also asked Democrats to the event – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was amongst those who expressed.
The 2010 US census attests that Texas is hometown to the fourth-largest Indian-American community in the country after California, New York, and New Jersey.
Interpretation of voting patterns shows the area tends overwhelmingly to promote the Democrat party.
No outsider to nationalist bombast himself, Mr. Trump compared security at the US-Mexico frontier to the tensions between India and Pakistan in the tinderbox Kashmir precinct.
“Both India and US also recognize that to keep our inhabitants safe, we must protect our borders,” Trump declared.
In India, the rally was almost watched, with most mainstream evidence outlets covering live news updates of what was happening on stage.
The story had been getting headlines for days before as well.
On Twitter, several people shared instant interpretation and opinions of what was taking place on the stage with the feeling being overwhelmingly positive. Many praised Mr. Modi for what they saw as his diplomacy and diplomatic acumen with a lot of applause coming in for the US commander-in-chief as well.
No one. I repeat NO ONE understands people of India better than @narendramodi. He is pressing ALL the right buttons, linguistic diversity, confidence in ourselves, Vikas, strong borders, aspirations of young India, the world.. and the crowd is eating out of his hands. #HowdyMody— Atul Kushwaha (@UP_Silk) September 22, 2019
Modi ji doing third surgical strike on Pakistan! This time from American soil! #HowdyMody— Saumya (@bluntlySubtle) September 22, 2019
In 2016 election, Trump had got 12% of Indian-American vote. Trump came to #HowdyModi not for his love for Modi or India but to campaign for 2020 election! Trump wants Indian-American’s vote but doesn’t want them in ‘great again’ America! https://t.co/AY6MqPr4Ii via @timesofindia— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) September 23, 2019