Howdy Modi: In a spectacular display of statesmanship, Narendra Modi has won the minds & hearts of the Indian - American people and Donald Trump.
By Thulasi Ram,
September 23, 2019 11:15 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump made heads turn when they addressed 50,000 Indian Americans in Texas at the historical event Howdy Modi. While Modi uttered the words, ‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’, Trump introduced him as his close friend.
The event was widely covered by US media and surprisingly many felt that Trump is ‘playing second fiddle to Modi.’ In its elaborate report, New York Times wrote, “But never one to let a good crowd go to waste, Mr Trump treated the giant gathering at NRG Stadium in Houston as his own, declaring that 'you have never had a better friend as president than President Donald Trump, that I can tell you.'
Washington Post echoed similar thoughts and wrote that Trump gave an excellent warmup act to Modi’s speech. BBC covered the event with the title: 'Howdy, Modi!': Trump hails Indian PM at 'historic' Texas rally.
Hours after the event, The Wall Street Journal in its op-Ed wrote, “The joint appearance also underscores the growing strategic significance of US-India ties. The world's two largest democracies are a vital check on China's ambitions to dominate the Asia-Pacific region, as Mr Trump recognises and Barack Obama did as well.”
It also reported that the meeting subverts the strategic significance of the alliance between the two countries.
Attacking on Pakistan, PM Modi told the Indian-American crowd that time has come for a decisive battle against terrorism.
PM Modi addresses about Article 370 and told it has caused trouble to those who cannot handle their country in reference to Pakistan
Whether it is terrorist attacks on 9/11(in New York) or 26/11 (in Mumbai), where were the planners of the attacks?” Modi questioned
Trump and Modi lavished praise on each other and pledged to put both nations on the path of greater prosperity and security
PM Modi said he met Trump a few times and every time he has been warm, friendly, accessible, energetic and full of wit.
Highlights Trump speech:
Fight against Radical Islam
Addressed about protecting our Borders
Stated that America proud of Indian NRI
Hugs Modi in the end
Also cleverly used this occasion to start his election campaign