'Howdy, Modi!': PM Narendra Modi to address Indian community in Texas on September 22
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In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the US. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to address a community summit 'Howdy, Modi!' on September 22 during his visit to the United States.

The summit will be hosted by the Texas India Forum in Houston. “Howdy” is shorthand for “How do you do?” and is used informally as a form of greeting in the United States. “There is unprecedented synergy between our region and the aspirations of a ‘New India’ that Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents. The American dream shares many similarities with emerging Indian dream, and an event of this scale suggests an opportunity to build bridges across two great democracies,” said Jugal Malani, a convener of the “Howdy, Modi!” organizing committee.

In addition to the Prime Minister's address, the event is expected to include a cultural programme that will showcase the Indian-American community and will be broadcast live and on television channels reaching over one billion people across the US and India, the statement said. Hundreds of prominent business and community leaders from across the US are expected to attend the summit.

This will be Modi's first trip to the US for after his landslide victory in the Indian general elections earlier this year. The Prime Minister has previously addressed similar gatherings at Madison Square Garden in New York and the SAP Center in San Jose. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.

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