The Indian Prime Minister's September 2019 US visit, which concludes with an address to the UN General Assembly, is historic in many ways but there is a lot of real groundwork required to build on it and create a win-win India-US trade and investment partnership. The optics could not be any better - a first-of-its-kind and largest mass rally for a foreign leader in the southern American state of Texas, with President Donald Trump seen hand-in-hand with the visiting Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Howdy Modi can be declared a success on many counts, not least for Trump by virtue of the 50,000 largely Indian American crowds turning out ahead of the US presidential race next year. And, the election backdrop was hard to miss as Trump addressed the crowd with: “You enrich our culture, you uphold our values, you uplift our communities and you are truly proud to be American - and we are proud to have you as Americans.” Modi, on the other hand, described the US President as a “true friend” in a deft diplomatic move to calm brewing trade tensions after the US imposed tariffs on Indian steel and aluminium. “His name is familiar to every person on the planet. He was a household name and very popular even before he went on to occupy the highest office in this great country. From CEO to Commander-in-Chief, from boardrooms to the Oval Office, from studios to global stage, he has left a lasting impact everywhere,” noted the Indian Prime Minister in praise of his host.