PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s United States visit is being analysed not only by politicians but among senior foreign affairs mandarins. The dignitaries from the Indian diaspora, who witnessed and attended the ceremonies, informed that they have not seen ever any Indian Prime Minister being given so much weightage in the US administration. As per reports, the security of the Prime Minister was paramount; Pennsylvania Road was completely sanitised and blocked for Modi’s travel. Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, a Chicago-based Indian-American industrialist and US President Donald Trump’s die-hard supporter, was reportedly a great help in making Modi’s trip meaningful. Modi is so important to the US that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, personally came to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel to meet Prime Minister of India. The most surprising aspect of the visit was. Melania Trump’s (wife of Donald Trump) presence in the official meeting of the head of the states for four hours. Its learnt Melania reportedly told Modi that she would like to visit India as the First Lady of the US and will keep visiting even as former first lady. The Indian Ambassador of US Navtej Sarna made splendid arrangements for the stay of the Prime Minister and his entourage. It did not deter the Indian embassy to book rooms in Willard Intercontinental Hotel and the Ritz Carlton, though the hotels charged the businessmen who attended the visit of the Prime Minister exorbitantly.
Bric-a-brac / movers & shakers / July 2017