In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, the organisers of the 'Howdy Modi' event spoke about how the event went from being an idea to an actual thing and what kind of preparations have gone into making it a reality.
One of the organisers said, “We decided two months ago to bring in Prime Minister Modi from India because we know the impact he has on the community, how much he leads with his heart, his genuine authenticity to the world he believes in bringing everyone together.” He added, “It was easy to put this event together because each of us is an Indo-American and believe that America is a great country as well as India.”
PM Modi, on Saturday, reached Houston for Howdy Modi, which is a community summit hosted by Texas India Forum (TIF) for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday at the NRG Stadium in Houston. It is going to be a grand event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the Indian-Americans. The event happens to be one of the many major foreign events that PM Modi has been a part of, during his term, so far.
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With just a few hours to go for the mega event, the event website mentions that the crowd turnout is expected to be the largest for any Indian Prime Minister and for a democratically elected foreign leader in the country with about 50,000 people expected to attend the event. The grand event is expected to be attended by hundreds of prominent business and community leaders from across America.
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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.
Additionally, one can clearly see the energy and enthusiasm of the Indian-Americans through the huge digital billboards on major highways across Houston welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian flags can also be seen fluttering outside their homes ahead of PM Modi’s arrival for the mega diaspora event.