Howdy Modi: Houston stadium housefull, event begins with cultural programmes

  • Prime Minister and US President to address Indian community together for the first time
  • Modi’s third major event in America
  • Earlier, he addressed the Indian community in New York in 2014 and Silicon Valley in 2016.

Houston: Reverberating with the chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and praises for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Houston’s NRG stadium is all jam-packed with enthusiastic India-American’s as the event begins. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will be sharing the stage today to address over 50,000 Indian-Americans during the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event which has been envisioned on the theme of “Shared Dreams, Bright Future” and would focus on strengthening the India-US relationship. 

The mega event will witness leaders of the two largest democracies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump, sharing a stage before the largest gathering ever — over 50,000 Indian-Americans — for an elected foreign leader visiting the US.

The roughly three-hour-long event is being organised at the sprawling NRG Football Stadium, one of the largest in the US.

Trump will be speaking before PM Modi at Howdy Modi event: US President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a major, 30-minute speech on India and Indian Americans.

The US president joining Modi on stage in Houston “is a very clear indication of where the Trump administration stands when it comes to Pakistan”, Shalabh Kumar from the Republican Hindu Coalition said.

Stating that Pakistan was planning to hold a protest against Modi in front of the NRG stadium on the Kashmir issue, Kumar claimed that it had been quashed to a great extent.

“This is a big slap on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he said, adding that the US is now fully behind India on Kashmir in the aftermath of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution.

Chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ resonate at Houston: Chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ resonate at Houston’s NRG Stadium as Indians begin to arrive for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega-event, where US President Donald Trump will join him. “We are excited to see Modi, hear from him, and get words of wisdom from him because he is an inspiration for the country and people around the globe,” an attendee said.

The event gives PM Modi a chance to energise his relationship with Indian-Americans who are active political supporters.

Will have a good time at mega event, says Trump: Looking forward to address ‘Howdy, Modi’ rally in Houston, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he and his “friend” Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a “good time” at the mega event.
“Will be in Houston to be with my friend. Will be a great day in Texas!” Trump tweeted.