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‘Trump Village’ Unveiled In India Ahead Of PM Narendra Modi’s US Visit

‘Trump Village’ Unveiled In India Ahead Of PM Narendra Modi’s US Visit

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Children at the village waved placards of PM Modi and Donald Trump and a huge banner of the US president describing his Indian counterpart as “very energetic”.

'Trump Village' Unveiled In India Ahead Of PM Narendra Modi's US Visit

The symbolic gesture comes just days before PM Modi’s first meeting with Donald Trump.

A village in Haryana with little electricity or running water renamed itself “Trump Village” on Friday in an unusual gesture to the American president ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington.

A huge billboard declaring “Welcome to Trump Village” in Hindi and English, accompanied with a beaming portrait of the US president, was unveiled in the tiny hamlet officially known as Marora in Haryana.

Large posters of Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village of mainly mud-brick houses for a renaming ceremony, which was presided over by village heads and an NGO.

But despite the bold lettering greeting visitors at the arched village gateway, the name change is not official or sanctioned by the government.

The symbolic gesture comes just days before PM Modi’s first meeting with Donald Trump this weekend at the White House.

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Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said the idea sprang to mind during a recent visit to the US.

The water and sanitation group Sulabh, which has been installing toilets in the village, suggested the name change to the local council.

Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said the idea sprang to mind during a recent visit to the US.

“I was speaking there and I thought why not in the name of Trump?” Mr Pathak told AFP, adding other villages in the region had also been renamed in recent years.

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Aziz Ahmed, a villager, said he was sure the new name would stick even without official approval.

“They will only call it Trump Village. Everyone in the village is very happy about it,” he told AFP.

Children at the village waved placards of PM Modi and Donald Trump and a huge banner of the US president describing his Indian counterpart as “very energetic”.

The leaders of the world’s two-largest democracies exchanged pleasantries in a phone call in January when the US President invited PM Modi to the White House.

During his election campaign, Trump courted Indian-American voters and even released a campaign advertisement in Hindi.

Earlier on Trump’s borthday, a small Hindu group marked the occasion by feeding a giant poster of the president slices of cake in the heart of New Delhi.

 PM Modi to the White House.
File image of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image: Reuters)
New Delhi: China and India don’t always see eye to eye on important issues, but our larger neighbour is closely watching how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States pans out and is hoping Modi is able to sway US President Donald Trump on important issues.

This turnaround in Beijing’s concerns has come as the two nations share common interests when dealing with America. A report in state-run Global Times on Friday said any gains made by Modi in his talks with Trump, on immigration and climate change, will also benefit China.

Modi is going to the US on a two-day visit. He will land in US on June 25 and will meet Trump on June 26. The tour has been described as a “no-frills” business-only visit aimed at breaking the ice, and building a relationship between the two leaders.

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“It will be interesting to see how Modi’s visit to the US will influence the two countries’ bilateral economic ties,” the article said.

“Chinese people will take a close look at the summit because some of the issues also concern China’s interests,” it said.

“For instance, Trump is reforming US immigration policies, including the H-1B visa, a type of visa whose biggest and second-biggest recipients are India and China, respectively.”

The H-1B visa programme is the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals.

“The curb on H-1B visas is bad news not only for the Indian IT sector but also Chinese students studying in US universities. China will most likely be willing to express support for India’s stance over the H-1B visa, and hopefully the problem can get solved during Modi’s summit with Trump,” the report stated.

Also in the backdrop of Trump withdrawing from the Paris climate deal, any gains made by Modi on climate issues will benefit China, it said.

“The dispute over climate issues will perhaps continue to evolve during the upcoming (Modi-Trump) summit. Will Modi use the opportunity to pressure the US to undertake its obligations?” it said as a China too announced its adherence to the Paris deal.

“Against this background, some key issues such as the H-1B visa programme and Paris agreement are likely to have a much greater impact on the whole picture of the bilateral ties, and thus the two countries may have more motivation to solve these problems. If the Modi-Trump meeting can make achievements in this regard, other countries like China are also expected to benefit from it,” the article said.

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