America’s youth is dancing to the tune of ‘Naatu Naatu’: PM Modi at State dinner | India News

WASHINGTON: Indian-Americans have made significant contributions to the United States and to the India-US relationship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
PM Modi made these remarks while addressing the State dinner hosted in his honor by US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the North Lawn of the White House.
PM Modi underscored the progress and contributions of Indian-Americans in the United States, stating that they take pride in India’s values, democratic traditions, and culture while finding a respectful place in America’s diverse society. He highlighted their significant role in bolstering the inclusive society and economy of the US, making their mark in various sectors such as healthcare, hospitality, education, research, logistics, and more.
“Be it hospitals or hotels, universities or research labs, gas stations or logistics management, they are making their mark everywhere,” the PM said.
“With every passing day, Indians and Americans are getting to know each other better. We can pronounce each other’s names correctly. We can understand each other’s accent better. Children in India become Spider Man on Halloween, and America’s youth is dancing to the tune of ‘Naatu Naatu‘,” the PM said.
Americans love baseball, but cricket is also becoming popular in the US, he said. “The American team is trying its best to qualify for the Cricket World Cup to be held in India later this year. I wish them good luck and success,” the Prime Minister said.
During his address, PM Modi raised a toast for his ‘wonderful’ hosts. He raised it for good health, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness to liberty, equality and fraternity, and to the ever-lasting bonds of friendship between India and the US.
“This evening is made special by the presence of the people of our two countries, they are our most precious assets. When we met in Japan, for the Quad Summit, you mentioned a problem that you were facing, I am sure that you must have resolved that problem. I hope you were able to fit in everyone who wanted to come for the dinner tonight,” PM Modi added.
President Biden echoed Modi’s praise for Indian-Americans. He said that they are “a vital part of the American story.”
The dinner was attended by more than 400 distinguished guests, including members of the Biden family and notable figures from the technology industry and billionaire industrialists such as Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Sunder Pichai (CEO of Google), Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), and Tim Cook (CEO of Apple).
(With inputs from agencies)

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