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(CNSNews.com) – There were extraordinary scenes in Houston, Texas on Sunday as the leader of the world’s largest democracy, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, welcomed President Trump onto a rally platform to address a crowd estimated at 50,000, almost exclusively Indian Americans.
Modi did so on behalf of “over a billion Indians” – hundreds of millions of whom he said were “glued to their TV” despite the lateness of the hour in India – as well as people of Indian heritage in America and around the globe.
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“We are witnessing history in the making,” he said, hailing the strength of the developing U.S.-India relationship.
In his comments, Trump touched on issues that have resonated with conservatives in the Indian American community, such as strong business ties, jobs, action against corruption, merit-based immigration – and security concerns.
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When Trump referred to the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism” the audience came to its feet, and Modi was seen nodding, before himself standing and joining in the applause.
“Today we honor all of the brave American and Indian military service members who work together to safeguard our freedom,” Trump said. “We stand proudly in defense of liberty and we are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”
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Remarkably, the rally was honoring a politician who was denied a U.S. visa for almost a decade over allegations of religious intolerance.
Modi, a Hindu nationalist, was chief minister of India’s Gujarat state when clashes between Hindus and Muslims in 2002 killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims.
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Accused of doing nothing to stop the violence, he was denied a visa by the George W. Bush State Department in 2005, a restriction that remained in place through President Obama’s first term and was only lifted after Modi became prime minister in 2014.
Outside Houston’s NRG Stadium, protestors demonstrated against Modi’s...
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