TIL Desk/World/Ahmedabad/ A history has been created today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday, while welcoming his ‘friend’ US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania to India. Addressing the ‘Namaste Trump’ mega-event at the world’s largest cricket stadium, the PM said, “I think today we can see history being repeated.
Five months back I started my US trip with ‘Howdy Modi’ and today my friend President Donald Trump is starting his Indian trip with ‘Namaste Trump’ here in Ahmedabad.” “You are heartily welcome in the largest democracy of the world. This is Gujarat but the entire country is enthusiastic in welcoming you,” he added.
Modi said that the meaning of the name of this event — ‘Namaste’ is very deep. “This is a word from the oldest languages of the world – Sanskrit. It means that we pay respect to not only to the person but also to the divinity inside him,” Modi said. The bonhomie between the two world leaders was displayed once again when Modi hugged Trump at the stadium. The ‘Namaste Trump’ event is based on the lines of ‘Howdy Modi’ programme that was addressed by Narendra Modi and Trump during the PM’s trip to Houston last September.
The US president also heaped praises on Modi as he described him as an “exceptional leader” who works day and night for India. Modi is a “living proof” of what an Indian can achieve with hard work as Trump referred to his humble background as a tea-seller, who had a landslide win in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. As the world’s largest economy, India gives hope to all humanity and has become an economic giant, Trump said. At the end of his address, Trump said, “God bless India, God bless the United States of America. We love you India, we love you very much!”