Indian-Americans here are eagerly looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a big way during his visit from June 24- 26 to the US capital to meet President Donald Trump.
According to various media news reports , The Indian community in Washington might not be as big the community as in New York/New Jersey area or the Silicon Valley, where the Prime Minister addressed two massive rallies in recent years, but the enthusiasm among the diaspora is at the same level.
The community is planning to welcome Modi at every possible location where he could be available during his three-day stay here.
“There is a huge enthusiasm among Indian Americans,” said Adapa Prasad, a top leader of the Overseas Friends of BJP USA, who is playing a key role in organising events to welcome the Prime Minister.
Unlike New York and Silicon Valley, Modi is attending a smaller community event on Sunday in a Virginia suburb of Washington DC. The Sunday afternoon reception is invitation only and has been restricted to leaders of the community organisations and eminent Indian-Americans from across the country.
“Despite this people are coming from across the country. They are flying and driving down to Washington DC for several hours to have a glimpse of their popular leader,” Prasad said.
It is understood that the community reception can accommodate about 600 people.
In addition to the community events, several think-tanks and organisations have planned a series of events coinciding with the US-India Summit on Monday.
The East West Centre in Washington and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) along with the Senate India Caucus and the House India Caucus will launch ‘India Matters for America/America Matters for India’, a publication and web resource for credible and nonpartisan information, graphics, analysis, and news at the national and state level on US-India interactions.
The briefing brings together experts from the US Government, business, and academia to assess how the partnership between the United States and India has moved towards greater cooperation in matters of regional security, trade, and cultural exchange, a statement said.
Another American think-tank Hudson Institute has partnered with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to host a discussion on Monday on building stronger trade relations between India and the US.
Congressman George Holding, Co-Chair of the House India Caucus, will offer his perspective on the India-US relationship.