Speaking Of Asia: Howdy, Modi! and the fine art of balancing

Lots of calculations lie behind the recent US-India love fest in Texas

On Sunday in Houston, Texas, the world's most unlikely political soulmates came together at a football stadium for a choreographed event witnessed by a crowd of more than 50,000, and millions elsewhere.

Among global leaders, only the Pope had perhaps drawn a bigger public audience in the US.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2019, with the headline 'Howdy, Modi! and the fine art of balancing'. Print Edition | Subscribe