That the “Howdy, Modi” rally in Houston, Texas, on September 22 will be a big deal for the Indian-American community is a given.
New Delhi, Sep 17: That the “Howdy, Modi” rally in Houston, Texas, on September 22 will be a big deal for the Indian-American community is a given.
But from the noises from the White House, it seems that it is a big deal for US President Donald Trump as well.
The US government has formally confirmed that Trump will take part in the 'Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures' rally which is scheduled to be held in Houston, Texas.
If a joint Modi-Trump appearance at the rally becomes a reality, it will be an unprecedented development in the annals of US relations not just with India, but with any other country.
The rally in Houston will be the third such event in the US by Modi. His first was a public meeting in New York at the iconic Madison Square Gardens in 2014 which saw thousands from the Indian community pack the venue to bursting point.
That was followed by a similarly well-attended event in Silicon Valley - the hub of Indian origin software engineers - in 2017.
But the rally in Houston is expected to dwarf all previous events hosted for or by foreign leaders on American soil.
To be held at the 50,000-capacity NRG Stadium, tickets for the event is reportedly already sold out.
Even US presidents or politicians find it rather difficult to muster crowds of this size and scale. In the USA, crowds of this size are only witnessed at major sporting events such as the Superbowl.
One of the reasons Trump may attend this rally is because of the presidential election which is scheduled for November 3 next year.
Another is the fact that India is the largest buyer of weapons and defence equipment in the world. While India's long-time friend Russia is still the principal supplier of weapons to the south Asian country, the Americans are eying a large slice of this lucrative pie.
The fact that India is among the largest energy consumers in the world is also a factor.
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