Houston Current Affairs - 2020

Howdy Modi event held in Houston, Texas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi played host to United States President Donald Trump at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for an Indian-American rally dubbed the ‘Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’. The mega ‘Howdy, Modi’ gala event saw around 50,000 Indian-Americans in attendance. Before this event, no US President has ever addressed a community event along with an Indian Prime Minister.

Key Highlights of ‘Howdy Modi event’

The event highlighted the sharp shift in Indian diplomacy and new levels of India-US bilateral relations. It also sent out a very strong message- that US-led by Donald Trump is standing firmly with India in its fight against terrorism.

PM Modi and Trump went way out of way to show their unparalleled camaraderie. The event showcased heightened friendship and warmth between India and leader of one of the most powerful nations in world.

It also showed how US is interested in exploring new avenues of cooperation with India.

Why Texas? As part of the event, PM Modi addressed 50,000 Indian-Americans in Houston, which is reportedly the largest gathering ever for a foreign leader visiting US. As per Pew Research Center analysis of US Census data, the US is home to nearly 4 million Indian-Americans, including about 300,000 in Houston and nearby Dallas.

Organizer: The event is being organised by Texas India Forum (TIF), Inc, which is a non-profit organisation that brings together Indian-American institutions and organisations in order to promote collaboration within region and develop opportunities for engagement with India. The event has been organised with the help of over 1,000 volunteers and 650 Texas-based Welcome Partner organisations.

Minal Patel Davis honoured with Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking

Indian-American Minal Patel Davis was honoured with Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’. She was presented with award by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combating human trafficking. It is US’s highest honour in the field.

Minal Patel Davis

She is special advisor on Human Trafficking to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. She was appointed to this post in July 2015 and since then she has made local impact on human trafficking in America’s fourth largest city. She has achieved this from policy-level perspective and by helped in advancing systems change. She is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by US city. She was also past speaker at United Nations World Humanitarian Summit. She holds MBA from the University of Connecticut and BA from New York University.