Republic TV's Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy caught up with entrepreneur Vibhuti Jha in New York on Monday, September 23, wherein the latter described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as being an “astute speaker”. Jha, speaking on the day after the mega 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston, spoke about the efforts made by PM Modi to combat the threat of global terrorism and added, as long as the threat of terrorism was India's problem, "nobody cared about that but the moment it has become an American issue, a European issue now the Prime Minister has made it a global issue which can not be ignored.”
“You can not ignore terrorism,” Vibhuti Jha added, “I can tell you, in 1991, when I came to America one of the greatest pleasures of being in America was the flying freedom that you had. My first time, my family on a home vacation trip we were 10 minutes to the take-off of the flight and my wife and son boarded the plane, can you imagine now? (sic)”
Jha emphasized the impact that terrorism has had on destroying the trust humans have on each other and added that even appearances now lead to probable cause of suspicion, just because someone looks a certain way. Praising Modi for his efforts to put terrorism in the global forefront, he was quoted saying:
"I think there is one really nice thing about Prime Minister Modi, to use the US basketball language, every basketball player wants to be like Mike (Michael Jordan) likewise every world leader is looking at Mr Modi as leadership role because he is showing direction, (sic)”, Vibhuti Jha said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 22, at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event criticized Pakistan for its support to terrorism and said India's decision to nullify Article 370 has caused trouble to those who cannot handle their country as he called for a "decisive battle" against terrorism. Making a strong pitch against terrorism at the 'Howdy, Modi' event in the presence of US President Donald Trump, who joined the mega event in a rare gesture of friendship, Modi asked the 50,000-strong crowd of Indian-Americans to give Trump a standing ovation, as he targeted Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan, without directly naming them. Modi also emphasized that Trump is strongly supporting India in the battle against terrorism.