Extending her warm welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his upcoming USA visit beginning today, Ms Gabbard said, India is the world's oldest and largest democracy and one of the most important allies of the United States. The 'Howdy, Modi!' event will happen on Sunday, September 22, and will be 3 hours long - from 8:30 pm IST (India time) to 11:30 pm IST.
Modi is slated to hold around 20 bilateral meetings during his NY visit, including with President Trump.
A USA court has asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other members of his government to respond within 21 days to the charge that they have occupied Kashmir and are committing gross human rights violations there.
Gabbard, who converted to Hinduism early in her life and has become the first-ever Hindu to be running for the presidency in the USA, is highly popular among Indian-Americans.
Ignoring the rains, preparations were in full swing for the Indian-American community event "Howdy Modi" at the NRG stadium. So far, more than 50,000 Indian-Americans have registered their names.
The request comes at a time of high tension between Pakistan and India following the Indian government's decision to unilaterally revoke Article 370 of its constitution, which granted special autonomy to occupied Kashmir.
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Markets - which have been predicting a series of cuts and, until recently, expected a larger half point cut - tumbled on the news. The rate cut, Powell said, was decided after global growth slowed and trade tensions worsened in the past months.
The White House has announced US President Donald Trump's participation in Howdy Modi, and with the latter still signalling that he's keen to play Indo-Pak peacemaker, his very attendance is likely to boost viewership.
"Their success in diverse fields, their contribution to the United States in various walks of life, their strong bonds with India and their role as a living bridge between our two democracies is a source of pride for us", he said.
India and the USA are working toward easing trade tensions, including a possible withdrawal of some disputes from the World Trade Organization, ahead of a meeting between leaders of the two economies, according to people familiar with the matter.
"India is the world's oldest and largest democracy, and one of the United States most important allies", Gabbard said.
In New York, PM Modi will participate in various major events in the UN. At + 1.4 Lakh Crore Rs. the Houston event is the world's most expensive event, ever! Recently Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said it was up to America to take a call on reinstating India's status as a beneficiary of that programme while asserting India meets the criteria for trade concessions under the GSP.