This article is in honor of President Trump’s trip to visit India and Prime Minister Modi.
What’s the most populous democratic country in the world? If you answered The United States you’d be wrong…, it’s The Republic of India!
That’s right…, India.
Even though India and America a half way around the globe from each other and quite different culturally, we are the two biggest democracies in the world, and that desire to be free and to self-govern is what should naturally bind us together.
Both countries have social issues they are dealing with, but I feel, in general, our hearts and desires are in the right place and well-intended.
Both countries are also dealing with a constant erosion of their democracy. The proponents of socialism, communism and totalitarianism never rest.
Both countries also had to gain their freedom from the British Empire.
India, or The Republic of India, is a “constitutional republic” just like The United States is.
India has three branches of government, executive, legislature and judicial, just like The United States.
America has 50 states, while India has 28.
While American culture, and our democracy, has only been around for a few hundred years, Indian culture has been around for over 5,000 years! Although their democratic government has only been around for 70 years, since 1950.
Another thing India and America has in common is both countries have elected leaders recently that are considered anti-establishment, and pro-business.
In India’s case we’re talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And in America’s case we’re talking about President Donald trump, of course.
According to David Aaro and Ronn Blitzer of Fox News, “President Trump and first lady Melania visited the Taj Mahal Monday, hours after the U.S. leader gave a rousing speech to more than 110,000 at a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, India.”
“Trump, who once owned the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City, N.J. which was inspired by the Indian landmark, had never visited the Indian site until now. The President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were also on hand, taking photos in front of the building.”
“Earlier, Trump was greeted by large crowds at the rally where he announced a $3 billion deal that will send state-of-the-art military helicopters to India.”
“The rally, titled ‘Namaste Trump [Hello Trump],’ was a sequel to the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event [President] Trump held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston last September.”
“[President] Trump’s motorcade passed seemingly endless crowds in Ahmedabad with many cheering and waving American flags on the way to the 110,000 capacity Sardar Patel Stadium where the rally was conducted.”
“The largest cricket stadium in the world appeared to be full, with banners displaying the Trump’s name throughout.”
“Before Modi and Trump came out on stage, the song ‘Macho Man’ by the Village People was heard playing in the stadium. When the music stopped, they arrived on stage, and both leaders held the arms of each other into the air.”
Ha! Macho Man!!!
“Shortly after each country’s national anthem played, Modi began speaking to the crowd about shared values and ideas as Trump sat in his chair beside Melania.”
“When Modi handed the podium to Trump, the president thanked those in attendance for the welcome he received, adding that he and Melania would remember the hospitality given.”
‘“America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,’ Trump said.”
‘“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest state of the art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces,’ Trump said.”
‘“The United States and India are also firmly united in our iron-clad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,’ Trump said. ‘Both of our countries have been hurt by the pain and turmoil of terrorism…’”
“[President] Trump gave his predictions on poverty and the future of India on the heels of a 2019 United Nations Development Program report which said that 271 million people were lifted out of poverty from 2005 to 2017.”
‘“India will soon be the home of the biggest middle class anywhere in the world,’ Trump said. ‘And within less than 10 years, extreme poverty in your country is projected to completely disappear. The potential for India is absolutely incredible.’”
The potential for America’s and India’s friendship is also “absolutely incredible.”
America and India could make an impressive tag team as we move into the future.
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