The city of Houston is gearing up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega diaspora event 'Howdy Modi' on September 22. With just about 24 hrs remaining for it to kick off, Republic TV got a sneak preview to the rehearsals ongoing.
Republic TV's Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy spoke to Senior journalist Ashok Malik who will be attending the 'Howdy Modi' event. Speaking at the very edge of the stage, Malik said that the event marks a celebration of the Indian-American relationship.
Calling the event a pure celebration of the Indian diaspora, Ashok Malik said, "The atmosphere is electric here in the stadium. This event is really a celebration of Indian community inside America which is a living bridge between the two diverse, plural, and entrepreneur societies. Houston has become one of the important trading partners of India from the past ten years. A big Indian diaspora is working here, contributing and adding value to Houston in terms of innovation, job creation, and business, technology, and medicine which makes this event a celebration of the entrepreneurial communities."
Speaking on President Donald Trump's presence at the event, he said, "It is a bipartisan crowd along with the US President. This is not a political event, it is a pure celebration of India-US relationship which goes beyond individual parties both India and US. PM Modi is an important part of the diaspora. India and the US are having trade deals but that is a govt-to-govt talk. The diaspora doesn't come into it. The degree of participation across the US is also seen in huge numbers."
More than 50,000 people have registered to attend the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event, which will feature PM Modi’s speech. The White House Press Secretary confirmed that the US President Donald Trump would also be present on the occasion. The Press Secretary stated that this was a great opportunity to emphasise the strong ties between people of US and India. Later, PM Modi thanked President Trump’s 'special gesture'. He also said that President Trump joining the event was a recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy.