Houston gears up to welcome PM Modi in 3-hour show


Houston (Texas), Sep 21 (IANS): Preparations are in full swing for Sunday's mega 'Howdy Modi' event at the massive NRG stadium here that will see 50,000 enthusiastic Indian diaspora members greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he takes the stage, with US President Donald Trump joining him in a rare gesture.

The event at the NRG Football Stadium, one of the largest in the US, has been organized by the Texas India Forum (TIF), a non-profit organization.

The Indian American community has been busy preparing for the three-hour show that will see artistes present Indian classical and folk songs and dances, among other numbers.

More than a 1,000 Gujaratis from Houston are preparing for a mega 'dandiya', a traditional Gujarati dance, to welcome the Prime Minister for the event.

TIF spokesperson Gitesh Desai said that Indian Americans from across the US would be attending the "historical event".

"Some 50,0000 attendees from Indian American communities, and people from the 48 states are attending. It is going to be a historical event, the largest such event held for a democratically elected head of state. No such programme has been held earlier in the past. Senators, Congressmen, mayors and the US President Donald Trump are going to attend," said Desai.

Several cultural programmes are on the anvil for the show, which has a theme "Woven", signifying how the Indian American community has become part of America, he said.

He said more than 100 buses are being provided to ferry the participants.

Massive billboards have come up near the NRG Stadium and across Houston with messages of welcome for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A car rally was also organised in Houston on Friday, ahead of the 'Howdy-Modi' event.

Ahead of PM Modi's arrival on Saturday, the heavy rains in Houston, brought about by Tropical Depression Imelda, have abated. The rains had caused massive flooding across Houston and there were fears it might take off the sheen from the event. Imelda left four people dead.

Texas accounts for 10 per cent of India-US trade, about $7 billion worth of US goods and commodities are moved between Texas and India.

  

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    Houston Bhakts are chanting in prayer. Non- Bhakts are shouting. Trump is Cajoling and the world is laughing. Bakhts in India watching watching Houston TV show.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    A hearty and warm welcome await you in Houston, Texas, Mr. Narendra Modi on your historic visit to the NRG Stadium. Alhough Texas has been gifted with more than 250,000 Indians, the NRG Stadium, due to stringent security restrictions, has permitted to accommodate only 50,000 Indians who are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to meet and greet you.


    We are honored with your long awaited visit, and we wish you best of success in all that you wish to accomplish during your short and sweet visit to the Energy Capital of the World.

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  • UMMAR, mangalore

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    only Good for this type of work same people one day bring him down take note

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 21 2019

    A Houston federal court has accepted a suit against Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, for human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, disappearances and murder in Kashmir, in addition to violations of International Law. Plaintiffs are working to serve summons to Modi on his arrival on US soil...

    The US Deptt of State however can ask the court to provide immunity. The lawyers for the victims and their families are trying to change this to a class action suit.

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