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'Howdy Modi' event a win-win situation for Modi and Trump, says USISPF

This is the largest gathering of Indian-Americans, which is the most affluent minority group in America

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump

Prime Minister and US President attending the mega "Howdy Modi" event together in Houston is a "win-win" situation not only for both the leaders, but also for their countries, the head of a US-based India centric corporate advocacy group has said.

President Trump will join prime minister Modi and they will address more than 50,000 Indian-Americans at the "Howdy Modi" event on Sunday.

In an unprecedented and bold gesture, Trump would fly to Houston on Sunday, September 23, just for a few hours to join Modi at the largest-ever gathering of Indian-Americans in the US.

"Overall, the message is very loud and clear that US and India are natural allies and this relationship will get stronger as time goes by," Mukesh Aghi, president of US India Strategic and Partnership Forum told PTI on the eve of the arrival of Prime Minster Modi to Houston.

This is the largest gathering of Indian-Americans, which is the most affluent minority group in America. They contribute on a per capita basis, the highest to political campaigns, he said.

"And it is in a state that is always significant for elections. It's a win for President Trump to come to Houston to address this gathering in partnership with Prime Minister Modi," Aghi said.

"From Prime Minister Modi's perspective, there are a couple of areas where he needs US support. One is on the issue of geopolitics in the region. Also, the message which President Trump sends when he speaks along with the prime minister is that US and India are geopolitically aligned. So, it is win-win not only for both leaders, but for both countries also," he said.

Aghi said the position of the US government is that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and India has not done anything to change line of control or any other international territorial aspect and that this is India's internal matter.

"The position of US government is this is India's internal matter," Aghi said, referring to India's August 5 decison to end Jammu and Kashmir's special status.

Meanwhile in an op-ed in the local Houston Chronicle, Congressman Pete Olson said the "Howdy Modi" event is about unity, not division and it will bring the United States, India and Texas closer "than we've ever been before".

Chicago-based community leader Nirav K Patel said 1300 people from this windy city are attending the mega rally in Houston.

"This is a unique moment in world history as the leaders of the world's oldest democracy and the world's largest democracy will share a stage speaking to 50,000 Indian-Americans," said Ohio State Representative Niraj Atani.

"I am excited to welcome Prime Minister Modi back to the United States for the event and I thank President Trump for attending and speaking at this incredibly important event for the US-Indian relationship," he said

Atani, the youngest Indian-American elected official in the US, said it speaks of President Trump's commitment to Indian-Americans and the strength of the relationship between the United States and India.

"I am calling on the government of the United States to unequivocally support India's actions on Kashmir. We must support India's move to protect Kashmiri pandits and all Hindus in the region who have lived far too long under the fear of radical Islamic terror in Pakistan," he said.

First Published: Sat, September 21 2019. 07:55 IST
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