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Small interaction during Modi US trip, no Madison Square-like event

While the Prime Minister addressed large gatherings in 2014 (Madison Square Garden) and in 2015 (San Jose), there was no community event in 2016 when he addressed the US Congress.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2017 9:28 am
narendra modi, 2014 Madison Square Garden, narendra modi us visit, donald trump, modi trump meet, india news, latest news While the Prime Minister addressed large gatherings in 2014 (Madison Square Garden) and in 2015 (San Jose), there was no community event in 2016 when he addressed the US Congress.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a “small interaction” with Indian community leaders instead of a high-profile 2014 Madison Square Garden-like public event during his visit to the US on June 25 and 26 when he is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump.

Paucity of time for planning and lack of a “conducive atmosphere” were the key reasons for not organising a big event. The Indian embassy will organise a smaller community interaction with representatives from the Indian diaspora in the US.

Earlier, a community event in Houston was being planned, as Indian activists were quite enthusiastic about it. “But in the current political climate, a show of strength was not advisable,” a source involved in planning such events in the past, told The Indian Express.

Also, to organise such an event, planners typically need two to three months to mobilise the community, hire the venue and plan logistics. “The visit was confirmed quite late so it was not possible to organise a large-scale community event,” the source said.

While the Prime Minister addressed large gatherings in 2014 (Madison Square Garden) and in 2015 (San Jose), there was no community event in 2016 when he addressed the US Congress. “We had indeed looked at some options… but with the overall time factor, we don’t have the flexibility. But, in Washington DC, he will have a community interaction,” the Ministry of External Affairs’s official spokesperson, Gopal Baglay, said.

Baglay said India’s expectation from the meeting is that Modi and President Trump would give a new direction, set new priorities and consolidate gains from the past relationship.

Stressing that ties are already strong, the MEA spokesperson used an interesting analogy. “It’s not like a car parked in the garage, that you have to check its engine, tyre pressure and other such stuff.”

He said the relationship is based on “strong fundamentals” and is a “multi-faceted strategic partnership.” He said that during the visit, the two sides will discuss all areas of bilateral cooperation, including global security and terrorism.

Modi will reach Washington DC on June 24 and will stay there for two days. He will meet Trump in the White House on June 26.

On his way to the US, he will visit Portugal on June 24 and the Netherlands on June 27. Officials indicated that there are a slew of agreements planned during Modi’s visit to Lisbon and The Hague, as both have economic ties with India.

“In Portugal, the focus will be on scientific, cultural and economic cooperation. But in the Netherlands, the core of the relationship is economic ties,” he said, adding that the Netherlands is one of the leading investors in India.

However, there are no community events in either of these two countries.

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  1. S
    Jun 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    CIA has complete dossier on PM. They know what his worth is. The real deals are handled at the level of IFS officers who are glorified clerks. Modi may fool Indians but Trump is no fool. Wait till trump shows Modi his right place. Trump's advisors must have told him about Modi who invites himself to first world. Do ents which could be signed at lower rung officers level are signed by him.
    1. D
      Dr C
      Jun 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm
      Trump already fooled Americans and the world! Just because Don the Tdumpis a nillianaire that does not means he is mot a fool! BUT Modi is a smart politicians than the dynastic chamchas of congress who never had a leader other than a dynastic dimps.
    2. R
      Jun 17, 2017 at 9:05 am
      India to day need not depute Madison Square ruffian to USA
      1. B
        Jun 17, 2017 at 5:07 am
        Modi's days are gone. People have been disappointed by his dismal performance. If there was any public event, people would have boycotted it or greeted him with black flags.
        1. D
          Jun 17, 2017 at 5:38 am
          Poor Khangressi Chamacha. Modi will always be welcomed every where he goes. He is the real first PM India ever had. Trying to convert 70 years of corruption and brainwashing in to progress and independence is sure to come.
          1. M
            Jun 17, 2017 at 5:47 am
            Correct. He is the first and most adored Indian PM ever growing with Indian-ness. All the complains are coming from un-Indian mis-Indian or mutated Indians!
          2. M
            Jun 17, 2017 at 5:45 am
            Are you serious? Are you serious!
          3. A
            Jun 17, 2017 at 3:40 am
            No big deal. Modi visits America twice a year. He does not go twice a year to his own cons uency.
            1. K
              Jun 17, 2017 at 8:38 am
              Is he going to the US for sight seeing? The PM has several of his representatives working in his cons uency and he has deminstarsted an excellent commitment to develop the cons uency he represents. You guys have no shame in seeing everything the PM does. Why are you not bothered RaGa who visits Europe every alternate month? Ask him why his cons uency is one of the most backward places in I dua which he and his family represented since independence?