"I don't know what's more embarasssing—that Modi will appear beside Trump or that Trump will appear beside Modi," tweeted Rutgers professor Audrey Truschke. "Both countries have my condolences."
The “Howdy, Modi!” event is sponsored by the Texas Indian Forum and will be held at the NRG Stadium. Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee and Al Green, and others are expected to attend this event.
The far-right Indian Prime Minister’s influence in the U.S. goes beyond people who are attending the event. Joe Biden, one of the 2020 Democratic candidates, hired a Modi supporter as his campaign's director of outreach to the Asian-American Pacific Islander community.
Modi is responsible for the 2002 Gujarat pogrom which resulted in the horrific, organized slaughter of 2000 Muslims by leaders from his fascist paramilitary, the RSS, & his religious nationalist political party, the BJP. Why are you celebrating? His hands are stained with blood.
"As an Indian-American, who's seeing the humanitarian crisis imposed on Kashmir by the Modi government—it is truly troubling to see Biden elevating someone who is in support of this now bordering on fascist regime in a leadership position," said the Council for American Islamic relations Arizona's executive director Imran Siddiqi.
"When they cheer Modi, they cheer fascism," said human rights lawyer Arjun Sethi. "When they stand by his side, they whitewash his atrocities in Kashmir and Assam. These officials should be shamed and called out."
"Thousands of Indian Americans who are minorities in this country will attend an event celebrating two supremacists," said professor Ayesha Ray.
Modi is a Hindu Nationalist who was denied entry to the US for years because he was responsible for failing to stop the massacre of Muslims in India when he was minister of Gujrat. Trump loves the best people. I wonder if Trump will say anything about Kashmir... https://t.co/VfQIs0uuGN
Other critics compared Modi and Trump and showed how similar their anti-people politics is.
"Birds of a feather, fascist together," said Al Jazeera host Sana Saeed.
Writer Wajahat Ali pointed out Modi’s Hindu nationalism and how he was banned from entering the U.S. for silent encouragement to the genocide of Muslims in Eastern state of Gujarat in 2002 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
"Modi is a Hindu Nationalist who was denied entry to the U.S. for years because he was responsible for failing to stop the massacre of Muslims in India when he was minister of Gujrat," said Ali. "Trump loves the best people."