First Time in the history Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, Both together will be addressing a joint rally. This mega event will be held on 22nd September, in Houston. Name of the event is “Howdy, Modi”. Here, “Howdy” means ‘How do you do?’ it’s a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States and the event has been designed as a greeting to PM modi.
“The special gesture of President Trump 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,” PM Modi tweeted on Monday morning.
White house issued a statement to confirm that Trump would join the event. This is the third consecutive meeting between Modi and Trump after G7 and G20 summits. The previous these two leaders were on the same sidelines of G20 summit in Japan in June and G7 summit in France in July. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “It (Modi-Trump joint rally) will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.”
More than 50,000 Indian-Americans have registered for the mega event that is going to held on 22nd September at the Sprawling NRG stadium Houston. This would be the first time that an American President would be addressing thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the US. Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla called Trump’s participation in the “Howdy, Modi!” event “historic” and “unprecedented”.”It is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US,” Shringla told PTI.
In October 2016, Trump addressed 5,000 Indian-Americans in New Jersey after few weeks he won the presidential elections in November. Being the only presidential candidate to address Indian-Americans during an election year, Trump had said that if elected, he would be India’s best friend in the White House.
Trump’s contribution to this mega event is the positive sign that our Prime Minister has built strong relation with United States. Modi had shared great working relationship with Brack Obama when he was the leader and now Modi is sharing great relation with trump as well. This demonstrates that Modi has been able to built the relation to strong democracy while other leaders around the world could able to make this relation.