Indians will, of course, be very excited about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, especially about a much listless government at home demitted office. The atmosphere in the milieu of the Indian Diaspora in the United States is electrifying, too. But how keenly is the world watching our prime minister?
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“Indian Americans are the richest and most successful immigrant group in the US. No wonder Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to meet with members of the community during his five-day trip to the US.
Indian Americans have a median annual household income of $88,000, almost double the median income of the entire US population, which is $49,800, according to a 2013 survey by Washington-based think tank Pew Research Centre.”
“While Madison Square Garden’s sold-out shows usually include headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna or Arcade Fire, Sunday’s reception for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to draw an equally massive crowd of nearly 20,000 Indian Americans. Modi’s appearance at the midtown Manhattan entertainment venue is part of his first trip to the US as leader of the world’s largest democracy and comes at a time when people of both countries continue to see each other in a largely positive light.
In India, a majority of the public (55%) has a favourable view of the US, including 30% with a very positive outlook, according to a Pew Research survey conducted last spring. Only 16% see the US unfavourably, while 29% offer no opinion. These high ratings are essentially unchanged from late last year, when 56% of the Indian public gave the US positive marks.”
“In a boost to US weapons makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1 billion.
The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that starts on Friday.
The Sikorsky deal would be one of several large US arms purchases by India that are nearing completion, including over $2.5 billion in orders for Boeing Co’s AH-64D Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.” [NASDAQ has quoted the Reuters’ report]
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the United States on Friday aiming to woo corporate titans and crown a burst of investment-focused diplomacy, while marking a personal victory for a man who was for years unwelcome in the country.
Modi, who was elected in May, will spend two days in New York before heading to Washington for his first meeting with US President Barack Obama. The US leader is keen to see a strategic relationship he has called “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century” live up to its potential.
In meetings over the past month with world powers including China and Japan, Modi won investment pledges of $55 billion to support his domestic reform drive. But no such state largesse can be expected in Washington and Modi has recognised it is the US private sector he must win over.
A leader who says commerce is ‘in my blood’, will meet 17 US corporate chiefs including those of Google, IBM, GE, Goldman Sachs and Boeing — some at a breakfast where he is not expected to eat because he is observing a nine-day fast for the Hindu Navratri festival.”
“The US business lobby on Thursday questioned the reformist credentials of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the eve of his visit to the United States in which he will encourage investment and declare India open for business.
The US Chamber of Commerce and 15 other US business associations representing sectors ranging from agriculture to movie making, pharmaceuticals and telecoms, called on President Barack Obama to press Modi to remove barriers to fair trade when the two leaders meet in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.”
“Officially, Beijing has maintained that Mr Xi’s visit to India helped in removing ‘some suspicions’ between the two nations, pushed the ties to a ‘new age’, and that an ‘important consensus’ was reached on politically resolving the border issue through friendly consultation.
But on the eve of his visit to the US, Mr Modi is challenging Beijing by asserting that India cannot close its eyes to problems underscoring that ‘we are not living in the 18th Century’.
Given the turmoil it faces on its eastern flank, it is in China’s interest to ensure that India does not join the US-led balancing coalition in Asia.
But with its hard line on the border issue, Beijing might just push New Delhi into a tighter embrace of Japan and the US.” [Harsh V Pant’s article]
“Indian Prime Minister Modi arrives in the United States this weekend, for a five-day visit split between New York and Washington, DC. He’ll have a full program in New York to start, with a speech at the UN General Assembly, numerous meetings with CEOs, speeches here at CFR and at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, and the headline-topping gathering of his closest 18,000 friends in the Indian American community at Madison Square Garden (to be simulcast in Times Square as well). That would be a heady program on its own.
But he’ll have an equally full program in Washington, which he will reach late Monday afternoon. President Obama will host him for a small, exclusive working dinner (over which the Indian press has begun to perseverate, since Modi will be on a lemon water and honey fast for Navratri). He will have discussions with the president, and other senior members of the administration will call on him. Vice President Biden will host a formal lunch at the State Department; he will meet with members of Congress; and he will address the US-India Business Council before flying home Tuesday evening.”
“Modi’s upcoming visit is exposing a political divide in the Indian-American community. While the Indian American Community Foundation, the organizer of the Madison Square Garden reception, is pulling out all the stops for the event — which will have upward of 20,000 attendees and live telecasts in Times Square and online — a coalition of progressive South Asian and civil-rights groups is planning a protest outside the venue. For most Indians in the United States, Modi’s ascent signifies a more powerful role for India on the world stage, especially economically. But a determined minority is keeping the memory of the riots alive and raising questions about what a divisive government means for India’s secular identity.”
“American politicians seeking to do well on social media may want to take note: one of the world’s best will be in New York this weekend.
Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, will address a sellout crowd of supporters at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, and he’ll do so not just as the leader of one of the world’s largest countries but also as a juggernaut of political social media.
Take a look at the raw figures: Among politicians, Mr Modi ranks second behind only Barack Obama in number of fans of his official Facebook page ( Modi has 21.8 million and counting). No other political leader is even close. His Twitter account and that of his office are among the fastest growing among politicians and elected officials worldwide. Among public figures who have some political sway, he trails only Obama, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis in Twitter followers, with 6.62 million.” [article by Derek Willis]
“The United States will get a taste of Modi’s style starting Friday. Booked for back-to-back high-pressure appearances during five days in New York and Washington, Modi, 64, has also announced that he will maintain a strict religious fast for the duration of the visit, which coincides with the Hindu festival of Navratri, consuming only tea and lemonade with honey.
The visit is a big moment for Modi, who offers himself as a metaphor for the India he wants to build — ambitious, confident and impatient with slackness of any kind.”
“Thousands of supporters are expected to throng midtown Manhattan Sunday to greet India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, a reception more befitting a rock star or a pope than a visiting foreign dignitary.
Modi, the leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, will speak to a capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, a show replete with laser lights, holographic images and former Miss America Nina Davuluri as co-host. The event will be broadcast in Times Square and 100 other venues around the country. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has added extra trains to accommodate the expected crowds. A red carpet will be unfurled.
The excitement over Modi’s first visit to the United States is a measure of his popularity at home and the high expectations surrounding his five-day trip, where he’ll speak at the United Nations, meet business leaders and travel to Washington Monday and Tuesday for a summit with President Obama.
Officials on both sides have downplayed the possibility of any headline-grabbing agreements between the two nations in the days leading up to the visit, which comes at a time when the US is in the midst of foreign policy crises in the Middle East and elsewhere. Rather, the trip is an opportunity for Modi to meet one-on-one for the first time with Obama, Congressional leaders and executives in his new role. And it is an opportunity to jump-start friendlier relations between the two large democracies, which have been tepid in recent years.”
“All these questions and concerns (about the 2002 riots and recent diplomatic fracas), however, appeared to have been answered in February this year when the US ambassador to India Nancy Powell visited Mr Modi as the prospect of him becoming prime minister grew ever more likely. His landslide victory in May to become the country’s most powerful prime minister in 30 years rendered them embarrassing in retrospect.
His arrival in the US with a delegation of Indian business leaders, among them some of the world’s wealthiest billionaires like Mukesh Ambani and Shashi Ruia, will focus the discussion narrowly on encouraging more American investment in India to create the jobs he promised during his aggressive election campaign.
The landslide victory reflected India’s deep yearning for the economic development many of its leaders have promised but never quite delivered. He needs the Indian economy to reach nine per cent growth and 20 million jobs every year for its soaring population of young men and women.
He takes with him the ‘Make in India’ campaign slogan he launched on Thursday and will try to persuade heads of defence, food processing, IT, engineering and manufacturing companies they can make their products just as well but much cheaper in India.”