Prime Minister Narendra Modi was bestowed with a warm welcome by members of the Indian community in Houston on Saturday as he arrived for the mega “Howdy Modi” event. In the event he will be joined by US President Donald Trump and address over 50,000 Indian-Americans.
The two leaders will meet for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on September 24.”The meeting is in New York on the 24th. The Houston leg is only related to participation at the Indian diaspora event,” said India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokha while addressing the media.
The ‘Howdy, Modi’ event will start with a 90-minute cultural programme called ‘Woven: The Indian-American Story’. The programme aims to celebrate the contributions the Indian-Americans have made in the United States.
The cultural show will have nearly 400 performers and community members from Texas and across the United States. A total of 27 groups are performing at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event.
“Around 50,000 attendees and those watching at home will experience the vibrant expressions of people empowered by their identity and driven to enrich the communities around them”, TIF said.
“The event is a grand celebration of culture and unity of America and India, where attendees will hear Modi speak about the deepening US-India ties strengthened by the confirmations of over 3 million Indian Americans in the US and will lay out his vision of India’s growth and development,” TIF spokesperson Priti Dawra said.
“More than 100 buses are being provided to ferry the participants. Ahead of PM Modi’s arrival on Saturday, a car rally was also organised in Houston”, TIF spokesperson Gitesh Desai said. Later, the event will be followed by PM Narendra Modi’s speech.