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Modi and Trump have moved farther and faster than their predecessors to strengthen ties between India and US, isn’t “Namaste Trump” another feather in their caps?

When, world’s most powerful leader, the President of United States, is visiting your land, you showcase the best what you have, as the world’s eyes are on you to assess who you are. What can be better way than exhibiting world’s largest Cricket Stadium—which has seating capacity of more than 1,10,000–as dais and offering it to guest of honour to inaugurate it.

President Trump with first Lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and a galaxy of top American officials would set their foot to rousing welcome at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport around noon on February 24, when a group of 19 people will play the conch, which is known as ‘Sankhnaad’, when hundreds of artists gather to greet him there and a 22-kilometre long monumental roadshow, which would be witnessed by millions of citizens.

The world’s oldest democracy would meet the world’s largest democracy, when Modi and Trump will address the world from its largest glittering cricket stadium when thousands of artists would display the essence of India. This is when the whole world will witness the bond between two dynamic democracies.

This is the fifth visit of a serving US president to India in two decades, which is a testimony to how far ties between the two nations have evolved since the Cold War era.

Gujarat’s astonishing rise from rubble of 2001 earthquake is sheer inspiration to showcase. Narendra Modi had won Loksabha Election 2014, after he offered India ‘Gujarat model of development,’ which Is his vision, dedication and tremendous hard work. Life in Kutch was brutally tough. There was hardly any rain with fewer jobs, and the bright minds used to migrate. To make the situation worse Gujarat was devastated by an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale on 26 January 2001.

People of Gujarat origin are known for their business skills. There is significant Indian diaspora of Gujrat origin in United States. The Gujarati business community is generally supportive of Trump due to his pro-business approach and the Gujarati diaspora that has a huge stake in the hotel industry even if there are insecurities among the minorities and immigrants with regard to Trump’s policies.

The bond and chemistry between the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump was visible during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event at NRG stadium in Houston Texas, on 22 September last year. One can hope “Namaste Trump” in Ahmedabad would definitely enhance the ties between two democracies strategically. Despite on and off irritants, India-U.S. trade volumes have reached record-breaking heights in recent years, topping $150 billion in 2019.

India and US have enjoyed win/win relationship after President George W. Bush brushed aside bitterness of Cold War to forge a 10-year defense partnership and civil nuclear deal with India in 2005. However, none have moved farther and faster than the Trump and Modi administrations over the past three years.

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