Monday, September 29, 2014

An American Tale

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the US last week, about a decade after he was banned from entering on the basis of a silly law that was observed once and only once. It was a grand moment for those of us who supported him in his campaign and do believe that he is the greatest hope for India since PVN Rao and AB Vajpayee.

I attended an event, co-hosted and sponsored by my organization, to watch his speech at Madison Square Garden, a historic speech to commemorate his self-made destiny. Indeed, if there is anyone who embodies the idea of the American dream, it is Modi, at least at that moment. Son of a chaiwala, an RSS karyakarta, exiled to Delhi, returned to Gandhinagar to become Gujarat's greatest CM in history and finally scripted his own spectacular victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. And by virtue of that, he was given a grand welcome in America. Indeed, watching Modi truly makes us believe that it is possible to get somewhere in life.

Of course, there are many more pressing issues for India than relations with America. But this is also a very important issue that cannot be left to bureaucrats - certainly not after the disastrous events of the Khobragade incident that took ties to the lowest in decades. While the Obama administration doesn't really have much love for India, New York certainly proved that it does. And once again, it was the Indian diaspora here that made us proud.

And in our own little way, so did we. 

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