In a remarkable display of energy and excitement, thousands of Indian Americans from across the United States, predominantly from the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) and the New York and New Jersey area, have converged on the South Lawn for an official arrival of PM Modi to the White House.

“As a journalist covering the White House for the past 15 years, I have never witnessed such an outpouring of enthusiasm,” said White House reporter Lalit K. Jha.

The atmosphere was electric as the crowd sang songs and chanted slogans in support of both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden. From the youngest children to senior citizens, this gathering resembled a grand festival, brimming with jubilation and pride. Indian and American flags waved vigorously, symbolizing the dual heritage cherished by this vibrant community.

Notably, this event has garnered international attention, drawing the presence of more than 60 journalists from India who have come to cover the state visit.

Prime Minister Modi has spent the night at Blair House just a few hundred feet away on Pennsylvania Avenue, and has arrived at the South Lawn in a motorcade.

Minutes before Modi’s arrival, rows of military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard take their positions on the stage, adorned in full dress uniform.

As Modi’s SUV pulled up, he was greeted by President Biden and the first lady in front of the South Portico.

Emerging from the White House, they exchange warm greetings, signaling the deepening bond between the United States and India. Following a brief interaction with their assembled aides, they made their way onto the stage to deliver their remarks.

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