By Chahak Hurmade & Tanishqua Kanetkar
BRICS CCI content writers
The last week of September became an important international relations spotlight due to the weeklong visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States of America. The schedule included multiple bilateral meets concluding with the Prime Ministers address at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The tour commenced with an overwhelming event “Howdy Modi” at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, where the two leaders, Narendra Modi and Donald Trump addressed a crowd of around 50,000, mostly Indian Nationals in America. The two leaders seemed amicable as they entered hand in hand.
The reason behind Trump’s keen interest in this endeavour is speculated to be political in nature premising on the upcoming elections. The meet at Houston was also a strategic move in this respect because the approval numbers in Texas has been the worst where latest polling numbers show that less than half _ 45% of Texans approve of Trump.
However, with respect to India, it led to be a fruitful endeavour as within domestic politics, it overshadowed the recent negative air surrounding economic degradation, just as two major states, Maharashtra and Haryana will go to polls the upcoming month.
The first engagement included New York was at the Climate Action Summit where he invited UN member states to join India’s Initiative on Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. During the address, he invoked the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi and elaborated for behavioural changes towards climate sustainability. This was followed by a meet on Universal Health Coverage in New York which was aimed at introducing new initiatives to provide affordable health for all and along with health, a discussion on strategic retaliation to terrorism and violent extremist narratives was also the start of the discussion later during the day.
This dialogue became a part of a plurilateral format with the leaders of Pacific Island nations for the first time. The discussion included, sustainable development goals, newly launched Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, capacity building and implementation of projects under India-UN Development Partnership Fund. The Prime Minister was also conferred with the ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mission initiated by the Indian Government. The award was conferred by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The highlight of the meet however was experienced last when the two Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan clashed. Mr. Modi in his last address elaborated on climate protection, fight against terrorism and global peace. He went ahead to recite a Tamil poem to say inclusivity is the country’s strength and tradition.