President Trump thanked PM Modi for this gesture. Modi, who harnessed the energy of social media to reach politics before Trump, has been dubbed India's "first social media politician".
Muraleedharan attended the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), an inter-governmental forum. "The world needs to act now", Modi said as he announced the setting up of a major global coalition to promote the setting up of disaster-resilient infrastructure in the wake of rising extreme climatic events.
"Trump was just playing with both sides", said Ayesha Siddiqa, a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He also said that India has set targets and milestones in renewable fuels, along with water management and conservation, e-mobility as well as helping in reducing India's dependence on single-use plastic.
"The Hindu nationalist lobby in America is quite strong and yet they were not able to stanch the wave of condemnation from several Members of Congress, including Senators, that has hit since Kashmir was put in a brutal and undemocratic lockdown on August 5". I don't have to say that.
Modi had said in Houston, while addressing the Howdy Modi event on Sunday: "In the next two or three days, President Trump and I will have discussions". He said that they also discussed enhancing the bilateral trade volume between the two countries which presently stands at lower level. "I honestly feel that this crisis is going to get much bigger, what is happening in Kashmir".
Answering a question, Trump termed Iran as the "number one state of terror in the world".
Hours before the meeting, Mr Trump once again made a pitch to help resolve differences between India and Pakistan, in the fourth offer at mediation which New Delhi has strongly opposed so far. "The people of occupied Kashmir and Pakistan have rejected the Indian decision, while there is confusion over the annexation within India as nearly 14 constitutional petitions had been filed in the country against the move". It has now entered its 50th day.
Trump sat in the front row as the Indian prime minister told cheering crowds his decision to remove all autonomy from Indian-administered Kashmir would bring progress and better rights for its people.