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At White House State Dinner: Tagore, Spelling Bee, Cricket

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At White House State Dinner: Tagore, Spelling Bee, Cricket

Photo : The A Capella group from UPenn, Penn Masala entertained at the state dinner. Photo Credit @anandmahindra

India-West News Desk

WASHINGTON, DC – US President Joe Biden expressed his delight in hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an official State dinner at the White House and emphasized that the occasion celebrates great bonds of friendship between India and the United States.

In a special address, Biden said, “Jill and I have had a wonderful time with the Prime Minster today, during your truly productive visit. Tonight, we celebrate the great bonds of friendship between India and the United States.”

The two leaders also raised a toast to the successful meeting that happened between them, with Biden pointing out to gentle laughter from the audience that both leaders raising the toast do not drink. He dwelt on the two countries’ historic ties and praised the contributions of Indian Americans.

The President also spoke about Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to the US, and his impact on the ideas here and invoked his famous poem ‘Where mind is without fear.’

Biden said there are reasons the two democracies endure, allow, and reflect to renew generation after generation. “I see in my visit to India. I see in the diaspora here in America, in the arts, education, in media, law, medicine, science and businesses of every size, in Spelling Bee champions, and even in cricket clubs across the country, including back in my home state of Delaware and a record number of Indian Americans in Congress who are here tonight,” the president said.

In his speech, Modi said, “Indian Americans have come a long way in the US and have always found a respectful place in America’s Melting Pot. Indian Americans have played a significant role in further strengthening the inclusive society and economy of the US.”

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol had sung ‘American Pie’ during his state dinner in April. Modi referred to it saying Biden’s hospitality had moved his guests to sing and to laughter from the crowd, wished that he too had the singing talent so he “could have also sung a song.” Modi recalled that during a dinner hosted for him in 2014, he could not eat anything as he was on a Navratri fast while Biden, then vice-president, often enquired with concern that if there is anything he can eat during the fast. “Your wish to feed me is now being fulfilled,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi is visiting the US from June 21-24 at the invitation of President Biden and the First Lady.

More than 400 guests were invited for the dinner which was short of glam but had high-powered names including, tennis legend Billie Jean King, filmmaker M Night Shyamalan, fashion designer Ralph Lauren, entrepreneur Frank Islam, the Indian American lawmakers and their spouses Pramila Jayapal, Shri Thanedar, Ro Khanna, Ami Bera, and Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Washington: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani with Alphabet CEO Sunder Pichai with his wife Anjali Pichai during the State Dinner hosted by the US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2023.(Photo:IANS/Twitter)

Only three Indian businessmen — Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, and Nikhil Kamath were on the guest list. Also on the list were OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Other CEOs were Marriott’s Anthony Capuano, GE’s Larry Culp, Discover’s Roger Hochschild, Cisco Systems’s Chuck Robbins and Deloitte’s Punit Renjen.

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  • Readers should notice two face of clueless Pramila Jaypal. She was the leader to broadcast her propaganda against India Prime Minister. But, she and her husband didn’t miss the opportunity to join the dinner reception for Modi. What a joke! The fact is Pramila and her cronies infiltrated the democratic party to destroy it. A great Republican ploy. And the fringe group’s propagandas alienated many democrats. Interestingly, many MAGA supporters love Pramila, Bernie and her cronies aka squad/others. We know the reason. They are the best weapon to destabilize the democratic party.

    June 23, 2023
  • We must look at the big picture of Indo-US relations. India has come a long way to accept the reality that one cannot ride two moving boats for too long. Sooner or later, you must find a better and well-built boat and a sailing partner to reach the destination than a partner with split personality having limited tools for survival. However, we wish the visiting leader from India was a bit more sophisticated in the art of diplomacy and world affairs than the current prime minister who lacks appreciations for universal human rights, and values of diverse community as national strength.

    June 23, 2023
    • India ambassador to USA is a Sikh. Sikhs are very patriotic and successful community in India.

      June 24, 2023
      • And what’s your point???

        June 27, 2023
    • You are absolutely correct, not sophisticated at all but he couldn’t understand what was President Biden saying….hahahaha I was feeling sorry for Mr. Modi at that time :-((

      June 27, 2023
  • Gideon:
    You are SO Stupid. You need to be DEPORTED for your stupidity. You have an asshole in Pramala and immediately label her Maga republican. You know what iIcall people like you? SCUMBAG Democrat!
    Yes, you are a scumbag you bastard.

    June 23, 2023
    • You are not a nice person.

      June 24, 2023

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