We have picked a great ally in India
Beyond the Rhetoric
Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow | 9/26/2019, midnight
On the morning of Sept. 20, we witnessed a very amazing occurrence on television. There was a rally being broadcast live from Houston Stadium. It was entitled a “Howdy, Modi” rally. It was on live television over 50,000 people, mostly of Asian Indian descent, crammed into the stadium to hear an address from their “hero”, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India. He had come to the United States to boost the morale of the Indian Diaspora throughout the world and increase relations with the United States and the United Nations.
As the audience assembled you could detect the high emotions and pumped up pride. The Prime Minister of their “Motherland” had come to address them along with the rest of the world as it was being televised worldwide. As the Prime Minister approached the microphone his aura took control. His first assignment was really a mind blower. He began speaking and it became apparent that his first assignment was to introduce his guest speaker. That guest speaker was none other than our President, Donald Trump.
Narenda had the participants on their feet as he told why he was selecting President Trump to address his Diaspora members. He referred to President Trump as his “true friend” which is rare and very bold in our current political climate. He was taking a strong position and was telling it to the world. The broadcast was airing live in India and many other places around the world. Keep in mind, India alone has over 2.4 billion citizens.
Just how did President Trump perform? He almost “blew the roof” off the stadium from the loud applause and cheering that the very motivated crowd awarded to him again, again and over and over. The loudest response which lasted nearly ten minutes long was when he vowed to destroy Islamic Terrorism wherever it may be and will do this together with India and other allies. It was one of the strongest events to be televised in recent history. The implications are enormous.
The history of India is most interesting. It was part of the British Empire and was “compressed” together with what now has become Pakistan. A classic case of European powers dominating the world with the rewriting of maps and reorganizations of tribal nations. Pakistan is a nation of 230 million who are 96 percent Muslim. In 1857, Pakistan became part of British India. When India gained its independence in 1947, much of the Muslim population desired to become separate and independent from India. So, it was done and the relationship between the two nations have been “touchy” ever since. There have been a few military skirmishes from time to time with India having the upper hand every time.
As opposed to the Islamic state of Pakistan, India is predominantly Hindu. However, it proudly proclaims itself to be the largest documented Democracy in the world. This is what makes it attractive. Also, India is developing at “lightning speed” in terms of technology and economic sufficiency. It is so important for America to have good quality allies. In India, it appears that we have one.