Prime Minister Modi to address 50,000 at “Howdy, Modi!" event in Houston

File photo of President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, June 7, 2016. (The New York Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address an estimated crowd of 50,000 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sept. 22. Hosted by the Texas India Forum, the community summit titled “Howdy, Modi!,” will include a cultural program and an address by Modi. “We are excited to hold this summit at the renowned NRG Stadium,” Jugal Malani, convener of the “Howdy, Modi!” organizing committee said.

“This will be the largest ever gathering of Indian-Americans and friends of India, with diverse representation from the region and across the country.” Organizers said the tagline for the summit, ‘Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’ reflects the intent to build on the common aspirations that bring together the great democracies of the United States and India.

Modi will visit the U.S. to address the UN General Assembly beginning Sept. 24 in New York. According to a report in the Hindu, it is yet unclear whether Modi will attend the Climate Action summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Luis Alfonso de Alba, United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change, has invited Modi to address the summit, the Hindu report said, adding that Modi hasn’t accepted the invitation yet.

Modi, however, will attend a special event to commemorate the closing of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. He is also scheduled to address the annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York on Sept. 25.

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