Last was PM Narendra Modi's fourth trip to the US in two years since he became the Prime Minister of India. The first visit was in September 2014. The second one was in September 2015. The third one was in March 2015.
Since he became PM Mr. Modi has met Barack Obama six times and has countless phone conversations with him. This as per a senior US official shows the significance that both the leaders place on the natural alliance between the oldest democracy and the largest democracy.
It will be interesting to find out how US talked about Narendra Modi as he visited their country fourth time as PM:
The Wall Street Journal in a blog published yesterday mentioned that, "The trip produced deals on energy and educational exchanges, but final terms were not reached on the biggest pending projects-significantly, a plan to have Westinghouse help build nuclear reactors in India advanced but isn't complete; also still pending is an accord allowing the U.S. and India to use each other's military facilities for refueling and repairs."
USA Today talked about how a bipartisan group of 18 House Members Led by Representative Trent Franks wrote to Speaker Ryan and urged him to prioritise religious freedom in India during his meeting with Prime Minister Modi. The lawmakers cited ongoing violence and harassment against religious minorities, including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs.
Representative Frank had written, "As we consider the shared values of the United States and India, due attention to the fundamental human right of religious freedom is of the utmost importance. Religious minority communities in India have endured incidents of harassment, discrimination, intimidation and violent attacks for decades, often with little hope for justice. It is my sincere hope that every person in India will experience true freedom of faith, regardless of religion."
New York Times published an article by Gardiner Harris where he talked about the friendship that both the leaders are trying to forge. He quoted Raymond E Vickery, a former US assistant secretary of commerce who has met Mr. Modi. Mr. Vickery said that both the leaders have grown up as outsiders and valued frankness. He had this to say about Mr. Modi:
"Modi is a really down-to-earth guy who tries to answer your questions and doesn't just go to talking points."
Gardiner Harris in his piece also quotes Kanti Prasad Bajpai, a professor of Asian studies at the National University of Singapore who said that Mr. Modi is part of a class of populist, electable, narcissistic right-wing autocrats whose appeal is that they pander to majoritarian anger. He said that, "Obama is the opposite of that, so it is hard to see how close they can be".
Christi Parsons wrote for LA Times that Modi brought his own to-do list, and achieved at least some of his goals. He wanted the Obama administration to push China to allow India, a regional rival, to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a multinational organisation that seeks to stop nuclear proliferation by controlling export and transfer of nuclear materials.
Karoun Demirjian interviewed for The Washington Post and various senators about PM Modi's US visit. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said, "One thing I'd love to hear him address, that I've been deeply troubled by, is what has happened over the last several years in his country when it comes to women and rape and how that's been treated. They need to really address their criminal justice system."
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, "Even though they don't have a major role play in that today, India should be one of the major players in a global effort to deal with the refugee crisis. They could even be a contributor to this entire radical Islam issue, over time."
Pamela Constable wrote for The Washington Post that, "Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, a rare honour that contrasts sharply with the affront he faced more than a decade ago when he was denied a US visa after Hindu riots killed more than 1,000 people in the state he then governed."
She quotes John Prabhudoss, President of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations say that, "We welcomed Mr. Modi when he was elected, but he has driven the country into religious polarisation. He took oath to protect the constitution and all the people, but he has failed to uphold it."
Andrew Taylor for Washington Post wrote about the rules that were to be followed by lawmakers and staff aides who were to meet PM Modi during his US visit. The first rule was no selfies. The message from House Foreign Affairs Committee protocol aide Elizabeth Heng for the lawmakers and their aides was that, "First and foremost - NO SELFIES!! Taking selfies with a visiting Head of State is incredibly inappropriate and tactless. Make sure your boss does not do this."
The other thing that they were asked to be mindful was that it is not cool "to give cattle product to a practicing Hindu".