The 4 mn-strong Indian community in US is now increasingly politically vocal
Since the Vajpayee govt, India has been doing a focused diaspora outreach
US President Donald Trump joining Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a 50,000-strong Indian diaspora ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, Texas, in September last year, staying on after his own speech for Modis hour-long comments, and subsequently doing a joint lap of the stadium, was a stark recognition of the enhanced role of the 4 million Indian-American community. Sections of the community had come forward to raise funds and even support Trump in 2016, when he did not have many supporters outside the right-wing Republican base. In October 2016, he had addressed an Indian-American rally in New Jersey and had also recorded a campaign video pronouncing Ab Ki Bar Trump Sarkar, a take off on Modi’s 2014 campaign slogan.