As the bonhomie between India and US was put to display at the Howdy Modi extravagant evening, President Donald Trump sternly stood with India to protect the citizens of both countries from the threat of 'radical Islamic terror.' Following the statement, the US President was greeted with long, thunderous applause from the Indian-American community in Texas.
Donald Trump's statement comes ahead of the UNGA in New York, wherein Pakistan PM Imran Khan is bent to put forth a narrative against India over Kashmir, despite being snubbed by the global community multiple times since the abrogation of Article 370 over the state-sponsored terrorism.
Donald Trump said, "We honour the Indian and American military servicemen who safeguard our freedom. We stand proudly in defensive liberty and we are committed to protecting innocent civilians with the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Both India and the US also understand to keep our community safe, we must protect our borders. We are going to take if Indian-Americans before the illegal immigrants."
During the 42nd session UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, India exposed Pakistan even as the latter presented a long 115-page dossier alleging atrocity by the Indian government in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.
Speaking during the 'right to answer' session, India's MEA Secretary East Vijay Thakur Singh smashed the lies of Pakistan calling it an 'epicentre of global terrorism.' Indian diplomat, on the global forum, asserted that Pakistan uses 'terrorism as alternative diplomacy'. "This nation conducts cross-border terrorism as a part of alternative diplomacy", the statement stated.
Organised by the non-profit Texas India Forum, the event, with the tagline 'Shared Dreams, Bright Futures', highlighted the tremendous contribution of Indo-Americans in the United States and the strong and lasting partnership between the US and India.
The cultural programme preceding Prime Minister Modi's address showcased Indian-American artists from Texas and elsewhere, portrayed how the community is woven into the larger tapestry of American life. It involved broad-based community participation across the United States.
The 90-minute music, dance, and multimedia show featured close to 400 artists and community members from Texas and across the nation. There were 27 groups performing in a live and multimedia experience that showcased the diversity in the Indian-American community, organisers said.