There are two aspects to Narendra Modi’s extraordinary rally in Houston on Sunday and we need to consider both in assessing the event’s real significance.
Modi is leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and there was a clear party political dimension to the rally and the speeches he delivered there. But he is also the Prime Minister of India, and thus the event had a definite diplomatic and strategic dimension as far as the country and its relationship with the United States is concerned.
In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, Siddharth Varadarajan analyses both these dimensions and ask whether what Modi said and did at Houston will (i) help India and the Indian diaspora in the United States, (ii) have no lasting impact, or, worst of all, (iii) create problems for India that we will have to deal with in the future.
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