Top experts in USA have hailed American President Donald Trump's decision on joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for the mega diaspora event called "Howdy, Modi!" in Houston on September 22. The experts have also jointly addressed a record crowd of more than 50,000 Indian-Americans. The White House on Monday had announced that Trump will participate in the "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures," event with PM Modi. The message will undoubtedly be one of strengthening the strategic partnership, as well as supporting Modi personally, the experts said. More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have already registered for the mega diaspora event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.
According to the White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, "It will be a great opportunity to emphasize on the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship."
According to him, the decision by President Trump to attend the event in Houston sends a strong message that the issue of Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and Article 370 is an internal issue for India. He further stated that it also sends a message that the Trump administration is not bothered by the noise created by Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan. "It is a win-win situation for both the leaders: For Prime Minister Modi the fact that President Trump has agreed to come and show his support to him and to India. Also, it shows that Trump values the India-US relationship. For President Trump that he gets a captive audience of Indian-Americans, a community that contributes significantly to a political campaign," he said.
Prime Minister Modi's visit is an opportunity to take the US-India relationship to new levels, said Biswal. "President Trump travelling to Texas, along with a bipartisan Congressional delegation, signals the importance that the United States places on our strategic partnership with India," she added.
Joshua White, the former White House national security official under the previous Obama Administration stated that it is very risky to share a stage with President Donald Trump. However, he further stated, "But Modi may well be able to use this event and Trump's participation to smooth the way for some modest substantive agreement on trade, or to divert attention from the gradually rising chorus of American concerns over India's policies in Kashmir."
According to Alyssa Ayres from the Council on Foreign Relations, "I do not have a sense of whether this is entirely without precedent or not. It does suggest a desire on the president's part to put forward a show of support for Modi, coming on the heels of a tough period on the trade front, and tensions over Trump's Kashmir mediation offer." Despite growing US-India tensions, President Trump respects Prime Minister Modi, said Rick Rossow from the Centre for Strategic and International Relations think-tank. "His decision to join Prime Minister Modi in Houston is significant, showing that the upside of our relationship still outweighs these short-term differences. Head-of-state engagements provide important opportunities to attempt to resolve differences, notably our long list of trade concerns," he said.