Republic TV on Saturday spoke to senior journalist Ashok Malik who flew down from Washington to witness the Howdy Modi event in Houston. The event that is being organised by the Texas India Forum (TIF) will be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston, and will recognise the Indian-American community. Ashok Malik called the event a 'celebration of the Indian community in the United States and in Houston'. He also called the Indian-American community a bridge between the Indian and the American society.
Malik also said that the reason Houston has been chosen is that Houston has become an important trading partner with India. He also said that "there's a huge Indian Diaspora working and adding value in Houston and in Texas in terms of innovation, job creation and business and in areas like technology and medicine, which makes this event a celebration of a community that has added value to both countries and both societies."
When asked about how US President Trump's presence could make an impact, the journalist said that "this is a bi-partisan crowd. there are over 20 selected officials, congressmen, republicans coming in along with President Trump. They will represent the democrats as well as republicans,the crowd will have Americans and Indians who people who have voted for democrats and republicans. This is not a political event. He also said that Prime Minister Modi has recognised the importance of the Indian-American community. "This partnership goes beyond one diaspora or one President. It is a celebration of a very entrepreneurial, diverse and talented community."
When asked what will be India's take away from the event, the journalist said that India and the United States can always discuss trade as it's a government to government thing, but that the diaspora is more than just that. He added that the Indian-American community has lived through many storms and changes in governance. He also said that PM Modi had a good relationship with President Obama and has a good relationship with Trump as well.