On Sunday, a top American newspaper published the joint appearance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump before a strong crowd of 50,000 Indian Americans at an event highlights the growing strategic significance of the relationship between the two nations.
A few hours after the two leaders’ historic address at Houston, the Wall Street Journal said in an op-ed, “The joint appearance also underscores the growing strategic significance of US-India ties. The world’s two largest democracies are a vital check on China’s ambitions to dominate the Asia-Pacific region, as Mr. Trump recognizes and Barack Obama did as well.”
The Wall Street Journal described it as a “spectacle in Houston”, and said President Trump is hoping to pick up a larger of this growing voters bloc in 2020 that he died in 2016. It further stated that Trump understands the importance of associating with Indian Americans as they have contributed much to the prosperity of both nations in the 21st century.
The rally brought together two leaders with similar styles, said the New York Times. “Both rose to power by embracing right-wing populism, portraying themselves as champions of the masses fighting against an entrenched establishment,” it said.
During the event, voters from both the countries presented a vision to make their respective countries “great again” and both have fanned tensions along religious, economic and social fault lines, it reported.
The newspaper also mentioned at the same time that earning votes from Indian Americans will not be easy for Donald Trump even with PM Modi by his side. Indian Americans overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic party candidates, it noted.
As per Washington Post, the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies took the stage together in Houston before a packed crowd of tens of thousands of Indian Americans, where PM Modi delivered an unmistakable endorsement of Trump’s presidency and cast their joint appearance in historic terms.
“The foreign strategy of soothing tensions with the United States by stroking President Trump’s ego was put into vivid effect here Sunday when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lathered praise on his American counterpart at a massive rally celebrating the Indian diaspora,” it said.