Following the years old tradition of celebrating Indian festival of Diwali at the White House, US President Donald Trump lit up the White House in Washington with Diwali diyas, accompanied by Indian officials and natives living in the US; and as Diwali presents, Trump had some real good things to say about India.
Since 2003 when George W Bush was President of the United States, Diwali is being celebrated in White House and that tradition was taken forward by Barack Obama, who lit the ceremonial lamp in the East room of the White House every year. And so does Trump since being elected in 2016. Just like previous year, the invited list consisted of a dozen Indian American people from his administrative staff, other Indian high officials like the Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Singh Sarna, his wife Dr Avina Sarna and Special Assistant Pratik Mathur.
During the Diwali bash, Trump has very special words as gift for India and Indians; he said, “As we light the Diya in the White House we are joined by in a fellowship with all of those who light lamps in their own home, cities and places of worship. America is a land of faith and we are truly fortunate to have these wonderful traditions woven into the tapestry of our national life. And that is true”. So this might not the first time that Trump has celebrated Diwali in the White House, but this might be the first time that Trump claimed that India-US relationships are “very, very close. Closer than it ever was”.
US-India trade deals are getting frequent, and so are the trips from Indian PM. Perhaps, that is why Trump believes that India is a very good trade negotiator and that Modi is his friend and he is “grateful” for his friendship with Modi. Trump said referring to the India-US trade deal negotiations that have started between the two largest democracies of the world. At the end, it counts when it happens. But for now, India ought to be thankful to America for sending out the Diwali greetings.