Stressing that United States of America President Donald Trump was standing in the battle against terrorism with full-strength, PM Narendra Modi called upon everyone to give him a standing ovation for displaying sheer resolve in this regard. He made these remarks at the ‘Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’ community gathering in Houston, Texas. Taking a clear dig at Pakistan PM Imran Khan, he remarked that those who could not handle their own country were getting paranoid on the steps taken by the Indian government. PM Modi was referring to Khan’s ballistic comments after the Centre’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). He observed that some individuals had made hatred against India the sole pivot of their politics.
Elaborating on his contention, the PM stated that these were the same people who backed instability. According to him, they supported, cultivated and sponsored terrorism. Maintaining that the entire world knew about their real face, he said that the perpetrators of most terrorist attacks whether it was 9/11 in US or 26/11 in Mumbai were primarily found in one country. Furthermore, he emphasized on the point that the moment to wage a decisive battle against terrorism, as well as the sponsors of terror, had arrived.
After landing in Houston, PM Modi met energy sector CEOs and also interacted with the Kashmiri Pandits, Dawoodi Bohra, and the Sikh delegations. While the Sikh community congratulated him for his government's Kartarpur Corridor initiative, the Kashmiri Pandits expressed their joy on the Centre's move on Article 370. The Dawoodi Bohra group recalled the PM's 2018 visit to their community programme in Indore. A 90-minute engrossing 90-minute music, dance, and multimedia show flagged off the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ programme. It featured 400 artists from Texas and other parts of the United States of America, with 27 groups performing in a seamless manner. This was followed by an address by US President Trump, who not only laid down the achievements of his administration but also lauded the work of PM Modi’s government in India. In the next few days, the PM is scheduled to meet several Heads of the countries as well as participate in United Nations engagements.
A Presidential order combined with the passage of necessary legislation in both Houses of the Parliament led to the revocation of special status enjoyed by J&K in early August. Also, the state was bifurcated into J&K and Ladakh, with both being conferred the status of a Union Territory. Since then, Pakistan has been desperately trying to internationalize the Kashmir issue. While it did manage to convince China to call a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council, this attempt proved to be futile. A majority of the Council members refused to pass any resolution or formally take up the matter. Similarly, it failed to file a request seeking a resolution on the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council.