Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Houston for a range of multi-lateral engagements, interaction with the business community, bilateral meetings, and for the mega diaspora event 'Howdy, Modi!'. On Sunday morning (IST), he met the people of Sikh community who had gathered in large numbers to honour the Prime Minister in Houston after his round table meeting with various industry captains in the energy sector.
One of the members of the Sikh community said, "PM’s presence in Houston demonstrates the power of the community. The fact that the President of the United States is flying down specially to welcome the Prime Minister shows the world that we are on the right side."
He further added, "The elections showed that the Prime Minister in India delivered on every promise and the fact that the President of the USA has come down demonstrates to anybody who’s challenging the Prime Minister that they’re on the wrong and India’s on the right."
He also thanked PM Modi on behalf of the whole community. He said, "On behalf of the Indo American community in Greater Houston, on behalf of the Indo-American chamber that I am one of the co-founders of and on behalf of all the Sikhs, we are very very grateful for the PM to accept the invitation to come to Houston."
Additionally, a statement issued by Avinder Chawla, sitting Commissioner of Arvin, Californi said, "We submitted a memorandum and thanked Modi ji for what he has done for Sikh community. We thanked him for Kartarpur corridor. President Trump is coming here tomorrow (at Howdy Modi), shows how important a leader PM Modi is."
PM Modi has received a very warm welcome since the minute he landed in Houston. While in Houston, PM Modi is going to attend a variety of meetings with the Indian diaspora. 'Howdy, Modi!' is one of the major events that PM Modi is going to speak at. About 50,000 people have registered to attend the event, with many more waiting. The term 'Howdy' is commonly used in the southwestern United States and is a shorthand for “How do you do?". The event which will see a 90-minute cultural extravaganza - "Woven: The Indian-American Story" - that will feature 400 artists and community members from Texas and across the US will be followed by PM Modi's address to the gathering.
The event is hosted by the Texas India Forum and is scheduled to take place on September 22. It has created waves of energy and enthusiasm in the US for weeks now.