As the Howdy, Modi event in which US President Donald Trump is joining Prime Minister Modi is approaching, political opposition in India along with some media people have began their effort to run down the historic event. While congress is trying to showcase the event as an extravaganza, some writers caught spreading fake news about the event. We have earlier explained how the US President seems to have understood the significance of Howdy, Modi event. In this piece, let’s have a fact check on the claims made by the Congress and others against the event.
Fake News on Howdy, Modi
Some media persons also joined Congress in the effort of running down the historic event. Rana Ayyub had spread a fake news through her article saying that the American politician Tulsi Gabbard had refused invitation to attend the event at Houston. Rana went on to interpret it as some sort of opposition shaped up in US against PM Modi on the issue of minorities.
But, soon, Tulsi Gabbard herself called out this fake news. Considering that she is the main contestant for US presidential elections, the fake news peddlers have received a high-profile rebuttal.
The below set of tweets explain everything.
Kapil Sibal on Howdy, Modi event
Kapil Sibal has reportedly said that
- Extravaganzas don’t result in prosperity for the ordinary people of this country. Such things are okay for publicity
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi should organise ”Howdy, Modi!” like events in India’s villages instead of holding ”external extravaganzas”, so that people can share their problems with him.
Though the above claims themselves prove that it is an opposition for the sake of opposition, let’s analyse it further.
There is no need for the American President to join the event if at all it is a personal extravaganza of PM Modi. White House in its official statement has said,
“It will be a great opportunity to emphasise the strong ties between the people of the US and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.”
The fact that US in its official capacity has acknowledged that there is a mutual benefit, leaves no room to depict the event as publicity or personal extravaganza.
In our previous article we have explained how the current US President Donald Trump, despite of perceived as stubborn in his approach, has come to term with PM Modi’s firmness. President Trumps soften stance on Kashmir, Indo-Iran relationship, air strikes on Pakistan testify this assertion. Read our story Howdy Modi, Why President Trump Understands This Phenomenon Better for more.
So, contrary to the claims of Sibal, PM Modi’s present engagement also will try to secure India’s interest. Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, many US lawmakers have already urged the US President that the trade restrictions on India should be ended as they are adversely affecting American companies.
Another part of Kapil Sibal’s utterings – why not do the Howdy Modi event in villages – is laughable since PM Modi is not new in taking his narratives to the public and village side through his mega rallies. Such rallies may have titled differently depending on the occasion, but Kapil Sibal should know that when PM Modi launched PM Kisan scheme in February 2019, it was amidst a huge cheerful gathering in Gorakhpur. Recently on September 12, when the pension scheme was launched for the farmers, it was done so not from the comforts of Lutyens Delhi, but amidst a massive gathering in Ranchi.
At least, after the massive victory of Modi-led BJP in both rural and urban sides and considering the fact that people still gather in large number to listen PM Modi as the above example show, Kapil Sibal Should keep his ‘reaching out to rural side’ advise perhaps for his own party boss.
So, while Congress and the usual suspects have resorted to their old and rejected game of spreading misinformation and fake news, PM Modi is evidently continuing his effort to represent India’s story on global platforms.
(Earlier version of the article had wrongly mentioned Tulsi Gabbard as Indian-American, which has been rectified.)