February 2017 \ Cover Story \ COVER STORY: INDO-US RELATIONS
Modi - Trump Can Boost One Another

US President Donald Trump’s mantra of “Buy American” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ are not mutually exclusive

By Arul Louis

At the Candlelight Dinner held last week on the occasion of the presidential inauguration for major donors and VIPs, Trump spent 20 minutes with the Kumar family and RHC members, Kumar said. The high-level event was the main inaugural eve event and took place at the same time as the more general Asian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala. 

Anika Arora, a co-founder of the RHC, said that when Trump met them at the dinner, he thanked the organisaiton for mobilising voters, especially in the crucial swing states, resulting in the “great culmination” of the campaign with his election. “He acknowledged our efforts in getting the community to turn out in large numbers to vote for him,” she said. 

Trump also introduced the RHC to his cabinet nominees and told them about the role of its leadership to get the vote out for him, she added. For the Inauguration Welcome Concert held earlier, RHC arranged for a Bollywood performance led by the actress and supermodel Manasvi Mamgai at which Mika Singh made a special appearance. 

Trump’s three high-level appointments of Indian Americans and Hindus to the administration and two to the senior White House positions showed his commitment to keeping his word that that the community would have a friend in him in the White House, Kumar said.