When President Donald Trump decided to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ‘Howdy Modi!’ rally in Houston on Sept. 22, it was seen as a win-win situation for both the leaders. For Modi, it was to be an opportunity to renew his connection with the Indian diaspora in the U.S. who have contributed to his election campaign this year, both financially and with phone calls and email messaging from the U.S.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given the Global Goalkeeper Award’ by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York City, Sept. 24.
The Kashmir imbroglio, which once again catapulted itself into the international headlines in the wake of the revocation of Article 370 of India’s constitution and the consequent tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi, has continued to simmer in U.S. Congressional and Trump administration circles, with the House Foreign Affairs Committee likely to discuss the situation in Kashmir sometime this month.
Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in the elections has been covered extensively both nationally and internationally. While some reports expressed concern about Modi’s divisive politics and India becoming a Hindu state, some reports lauded him for becoming the first non-Congress prime minister to return to power after a full five-year term.
It’s no secret that attacks on freedom of expression have accelerated since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2014. Yet, nothing prepared me for the pervasive anxieties I encountered on this trip.