As Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues his engagements in New York, Republic encountered a rather unusual phenomenon on the streets of the city. Republic's Political Editor Aishwarya Kapoor witnessed a rickshaw plying on the road. Thereafter, he spoke exclusively to the driver of the vehicle. Stating that his name was Sam, he went on to reveal that the rickshaw was an electric operated vehicle.
Sam said that he had been driving the rickshaw for a year. He also mentioned that the demand varies on a day-to-day basis.
"My name is Sam. I am driving this rickshaw for almost a year. This is an electric operated bike. The crowd depends on the day and time but the minimum is 3 and the maximum is 6 or 7 people. I don’t need to go to the gym. At the same time, I make money. I cannot count, but there are many Indians who sit on this," he observed.
Later, he stated that many Indian customers talked to him about PM Modi. According to him, the PM was very supportive of his fellow citizens.
Sam remarked, "Many Indian customers like New York City. And there are local Indians here as well. So, they like to use the rickshaw. The Indian customers talk to me about Prime Minister Modi. I have heard about him and the Indian election and the space initiative (Chandrayaan 2). He is a pretty supportive PM for you guys. It is very nice."
After landing in Houston on September 22, PM Modi met energy sector CEOs and also interacted with the Kashmiri Pandit, Dawoodi Bohra and the Sikh delegations. This was followed by the 'Howdy, Modi!' event which was addressed by the PM as well as the US President. Subsequently, he has participated in multiple UN engagements including the UN Climate Action Summit, the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage besides inaugurating the Gandhi Solar Park and the Gandhi Peace Garden at the UN headquarters. Moreover, he received the ‘Global Goalkeeper’ award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his government’s flagship ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ scheme. The PM also delivered the plenary address at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on Wednesday and immediately held a CEO Roundtable featuring high-ranking officials of American companies to enhance business and trade ties.