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Exchanging vows of friendship at Motera

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If you had any doubts about the business expectations and strategic intent of visiting US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they were made absolutely clear on day one of their engagement at Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium.

The chemistry between the two leaders are today at their best comfort levels due to the fact that both believe in each other’s transactional approach for shared prosperity and security of their respective countries.

Even as the most enduring images of Trump and wife Melania Trump were their moments at Gandhiji’s Sabarmati ashram and the crowds that cheered them at Modi’s call, the Indian Prime Minister’s efforts to ensure that his home state of Gujarat literally rolled out a red carpet for the Trumps had complete success.

If the Trumps showed their willingness to endure the Indian weather (35 degree celsius), Modi wanted to live up to his promise to the US President that a record gathering would cheer him at the world’s newest and biggest cricket stadium. Perhaps, Trump mistook Modi’s expectation of more than a “lakh” of people at Motera for a “million” as the Americans are less familiar with Indian penchant for “lakhs and crores” than “hundred thousand and million.”

By an official count, the crowds at the Sardar Patel stadium at Motera were estimated at 1.15 lakh (or 1,15,000) - a tall figure by the US standard for any political gathering. In fact, the Motera reception was conceived for the US President because he had been greatly impressed by the gathering........

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