PM Modi, the Global Celebrity! Over 50,000 Indian-Americans ready to throng the “Howdy, Modi” event in Houston

It is a well known fact that PM Narendra Modi is the most popular world leader compared to any other former prime ministers of India. Above all, Prime Minister Modi is highly popular among the Indian- Americans. This is proved by the record audience of over 50,000 people registered for the ‘Howdy, Modi?’ event to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston on September 22.The event will be organized in the NRG Stadium in Houston.

‘Howdy Modi!’ is a community summit hosted by Texas India Forum for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’ is a friendly greeting which is commonly used in the southwestern US. PM Modi will be visiting US for the first time after winning the second term as the Prime Minister of India. During his first term, Modi had visited the US in 2014 and had addressed a gathering of 20,000 people at the famous Madison square in the New York. After which he had attended an event in California and addressed a gathering of over 20,000 people. “This event is said to be the largest gathering for an invited foreign leader visiting the US after Pope.” Said Jugal Malini, member of the Texas India forum (TIF).

Huge digital billboards on major highways have been put up across Houston welcoming Prime Minister Modi. Indian flags too are fluttering outside the homes of Indian- Americans. Apart from the bill boards several yard signs have appeared in the city.

The event titled “Shared Dreams, Bright Future” is said to focus on the strength of India- US relationship as well as the success of Indian- Americans and their contributions to the US. The event is said to be divided into two sections. The first part is titled ‘Woven: The Indian American story’, which is of 90 minute duration which will showcase the contribution of Indian-Americans to the US. PM Modi will be addressing the crowd in the second part and his speech will be of 65-70 minute duration.

It is also said that US President Donald Trump will also be joining PM Modi at the event. This will be the first time that the US President and Indian Prime Minister jointly addressing a rally. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian Ambassador to the US called Trump’s participation in the event as “Historic” and “Unprecedented”.

According to the sources, PM Modi had requested Trump to join him in this event when the two met in France last month on the sidelines of the G7 summit. Officials claim that,Trump who shares a special bond with Modi immediately accepted his invitation.

India shares a strong bond with Houston from trade and business perspective. It is also said that around 93,000 people living in Houston are born in India. Nearly, 28 Indian firms have branches and subsidiaries in Houston which includes HCL America, Mahindra USA, Neilsoft, JSW Steel and Welspun Global Trade.

Apart from TIF, more than 650 organizations including Akshaya Patra foundation, IIT alumni association, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Patidar Foundation etc are working together to make this event a huge success.

Over 60 well-known US lawmakers including Indian Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthy and First American Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be attending the event to welcome PM Narendra Modi. Sources claim, other lawmakers attending the event include John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Al Green, Pete Olson and Greg Abbot.

That is not it, heads of companies like Lyondell Basil, Schlumeberger, Mc Dermott and C level executives from Exxon, Shell and Walmart are also said to be the part of this event.

PM Modi will land in Houston on September 21 and will be addressing the event on September 22, Sunday around 10 am at the NRG Stadium. It is also said that he will be attending an ‘Energy Roundtable’ with the top business leaders from the energy sector in the US.

Indian- Americans in the US have geared up to make this event a huge success and unforgettable for their future generations. The billboards and the flags outside their homes is a sign that they are enthusiastically awaiting the arrival of PM Modi for the mega event.

Sharanya Alva