New Delhi: Remember all that hustle just before the festival of Diwali, when Indian households operate in a frenzy mode, cleaning and beautifying their homes to welcome Goddess Lakshmi? Well, the Namaste Trump event, reminds us of exactly that! The red carpet has been rolled out and everything and anything that will cross the paths of US President Donald Trump has been spruced up. Also Read - Mann ki Baat 62nd Episode: A Nation That is Fit is a Nation That is Hit, Says PM Modi
Ever since it was known that US President Donald Trump is going to visit India, the government is leaving no stone unturned to impress the ‘guest’. Taking ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ to the next level, the Indian administration has gone all out to welcome Trump, while spending crores of money in the process. Also Read - Diet Coke, Ice Cream: Delhi's ITC Maurya Stocking up on Donald Trump's Fav Food
Or perhaps it’s the colonial hangover, with the racist belief drilled into our minds that white people are somewhat superior to other races. Are we trying too hard to dazzle him? Seems like we definitely are or how else one would explain all the shenanigans going on around us? Also Read - Namaste Trump Event: Dos and Don'ts, Pass Details | Check Here
Well, apart from the usual security exercises, here are all the other things Indian government is doing to ensure that Trump absolutely falls in love with India:
Wall built to hide slums
It is a truth universally known that Donald Trump loves walls! So, India decided to build a seven-foot, 400 metre long wall just before Trump sets foot in Ahmedabad. The purpose: To block the reality..we mean, the slums on the route of Donald Trump from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport to the newly constructed Motera stadium.
Besides hiding India’s poverty, Ahmedabad administration has also beautified the city and painted walls with pictures of President Trump alongside PM Modi with messages that welcome him. Also, a whopping 100,000 people are expected to line up to greet him.
Slum dwellers asked to evict their homes
The slum dwellers who have been living in the area near the newly-built Motera Stadium for more than two decades, have been asked to evict their homes. Just a week given to all these people to uproot their lives!
Paan shops shut down
To make sure that the areas Trump visits are absolutely clean and spotless, paan shops around the airport area have been shut down so that there aren’t any red spit stains.
Stray dogs and nilgais caged
While the newly-built wall will keep poor human beings out of Trump’s sight, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to capture and cage stray dogs, cows and other animals so that they don’t create any nuisance.
A local NGO and the state forest department have also been roped in to keep birds and bands of monkeys out of Air Force One’s way on the runway at Ahmedabad airport.
Water released into Yamuna river to remove stench
To save Donald Trump from the foul smell of River Yamuna during his visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal, the authorities have released nearly 14,160 litres of water into the river.
Five langurs added to Trump’s security team
Despite heavy security arrangement for US President Donald Trump, the security agencies are worried about monkeys who create misery in Agra. To tackle it, the security agencies have deployed five langurs (long-tailed monkeys) on the route of Trump’s convoy.
Agra all spruced up
Ahead of the visit, Yogi Adityanath issued instructions to the local administration to ensure that Donald Trump’s welcome in Agra must be like as if he has arrived at a “festival”. So, a mud pack is being applied to the Taj Mahal, fountains are being cleaned and a face-lift is also being given to the streets between Agra airport and Taj Mahal.
Whether all these things will ensure strengthening of US-India relations or signing of a much-promised trade deal is uncertain. However the question is, why do we need a foreign leader for all this? Why do we need a wall to hide poverty, instead of trying to eradicate it?
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