Namaste Trump: Modi's warm hug in hot weather! How significant is the visit?

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, the country which holds the rank of World's largest economy for the past 149 years, has arrived in India along with the First Lady Melania Trump on Monday in what it has become as Trump's first official state visit to India since he took the office of the President in 2017. Apart from being a historical visit both for India and the United States, it has become one of the crucial and significant visits for Donald Trump and he would strongly eye to make his next 36 hours as productive as never before.

Donald Trump has been crafting the political chapters that would favor him for his re-election bid in 2020 US Presidential elections and back in the United States, he is desperate to take down his rivals in the Democratic field in the November elections and the Indian diaspora becomes inevitable for Trump to make his way clear to win the election race for the second time, amid the series of allegations levied against him including the Impeachment drama and heated debates over his far-right policies. In September 2019, Donald Trump's presence at the 'Howdy, Modi' event was the surprise element and the massive gathering of Indians in Houston's NRG stadium had inspired the US President to take the podium to address the Indians - the event had showcase how significant the Indian diaspora is and how influential it has become.

Prime Minister Modi welcoming Trump in Ahmedabad airport - Feb 24, 2020


'Namaste Trump', which precisely has become India's edition of Howdy, Modi event, would be expected to witness the presence of about 1,00,000 people in Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat - which has now become the world's largest cricket stadium. Trump, along with the First lady and his delegation, has touched down in Ahmedabad airport on Monday at 11.50 am and he was greeted by Indian Prime Minister Modi with the warm hug and the red carpet welcome was filled with traditional Gujarati folk dance. Both leaders had then embarked their respective motorcades to sail into the city with thousands of people gathered two sides of the roads to greet Trump with Indian and American flags in what it has become as one of the grandeur welcomes offered by India to a foreign leader.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump wave towards the crowds gathered for 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston, Texas - Sep 2019


Despite being a state visit, Donald Trump's tour reveals how he has been getting deeper towards Indian communities. It must be recalled that during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump proclaimed that he loves Hindu. On Monday, the leaders of the world's largest and oldest democracies had felt the love from Indians throughout the stretch as their motorcades have passed across the city towards Motera Stadium. Trump has been keeping the smile and excitement since the tour was confirmed and that excitement was presented by Modi after the Indian leader had promised the gathering of huge crowds during the short tenure of his Indian visit- the prospect that would aid Trump to take the glimpses of iconic places and to get intimated with large population of Indians - his address maybe from Ahmedabad but it would largely concentrate on Indians living in the United States as the podium would be the perfect momentum for Trump to strengthen his ties with India and to deepen his commitment towards Indian diaspora.

US President's motorcade 'The Beast' with Trump onboard drives in Ahmedabad as the people welcoming the US President - Feb 24, 2020 - ANI photo


Addressing the reporters in Washington, Trump said that millions of Indian will be taking part in the roadshow in Gujarat and the US president would reinstate the commitment of enhancing the entire gamut of the bilateral relations. The reports say that the bilateral talks between Trump and Modi would see about dozens of agreements signed from nuclear and homeland security and trade would be the important talks between the leaders towards fixing the trade disputes. Trump's first leg of the tour in India would be the jaw opening for the visitors as he would be rained with public spectacle in Motera Stadium. The photos from the stadium show that the seating capacity of more than 1 lakh has been filled up by the people to catch the glimpse of Modi-Trump fraternity and friendship.

A massive gathering of people at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead to Namaste Trump event - Feb 24, 2020 - ANI photo


Trump would then depart to Agra where he will be touring Taj Mahal after which he will be leaving for Delhi as his third and last leg of the Indian tour. On Tuesday, Trump would be given with ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10 am and the leaders would be visiting Rajghat, the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. Following the visit, Trump would sit for the bilateral level talks with Modi at the Hyderabad House in Delhi during which they table the entire spectrum of the relations of the world's democracies and how to strengthen the ties further. In the evening hours of Tuesday, President Trump would be meeting his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan after which Trump and his delegation would embark the plane and airlift to the United States. 

Motera Stadium has seen its full capacity as thousands of people preparing to welcome Modi and Trump - Feb 24, 2020- ANI photo


Trump, the seventh US President to visit India, would be having a short tour. His tour will be lasting for 36 hours but he will depart New Delhi with heart-filled love from Indians and with the heartful of hope to revamp the rapport with a wealthiest and pro-Trump minority of Indian diaspora living in the United States.

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