LANSING — State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) moderated a panel discussion at the community summit hosted by Texas India Forum (TIF) for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, September 22 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The “Howdy Modi” summit drew over 50,000 attendees and was organized by hundreds of volunteers and Welcome Partners from across the country including Michigan-based organizations, the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin and India League of America – Michigan. Following the summit, business leaders present participated in a panel discussion that included Mukesh Aghi of U.S. India Strategic Partnership Forum, Nisha Biswal of the U.S.-India Business Council, and MR Rangaswami, the founder of Indiaspora, a forum to unite Indian-Americans across the United States. 

“It was an honor to moderate a panel of business leaders who play an influential role in the strategic partnerships between our countries,” said Kuppa. “While the discussion is at the national and international level, implementation will also occur at the state, regional and local levels. I look forward to strengthening Michigan’s economy through relationships I am able to develop from this event. As a former automotive and IT professional, educated in both countries and rooted in metro Detroit, I was glad to be part of history in Houston.”

 Panelists responded to the speeches by Prime Minister Modi, President Trump and other elected officials, to discuss what the future holds as the world’s oldest and largest democracies engage in partnership in the energy, education, health care, space research and other sectors.