On September 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump will share the stage at “Howdy Modi,” an event being organized in honour of the Prime Minister at Texas, US. After the volatility of the past few months, this development can be seen as an attempt to thaw differences in trade ties and boost the economy, or at least send a signal to the effect.
For Modi, the show of support from Indian-Americans and Potus underlines hope of acche din back home. Despite the US and India not seeing eye to eye on trade policies, the event builds up hope that common ground will eventually be reached.
Differences between the two countries increased after India’s duty free benefits were cancelled and India hiked tariffs on 28 US products. But hopes of damage control surged after India agreed to increase US energy import orders.
As for the US president, his decision to share the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a lot to do with the fact that Indian Americans are among the richest and most influential communities in the United States. This is a good way for him to break the ice with this valuable group.
According to the White House, Trump’s visit would be a great opportunity to emphasize strong ties between people of the US and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.