US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attended a glitzy rally of Hindu-American supporters in New Jersey complete with Bollywood celebrities and catchy music over the weekend. Seema Sirohi in Washington writes on whether this will fetch electoral dividends for Mr Trump.
An estimated 5,000 people gathered in Edison, New Jersey, on Saturday for what was billed as a “charity event” to raise money for the victims of terrorism in India and Bangladesh.
Mr Trump made an appearance in between Punjabi singers and Bollywood dancers to declare that India and the United States would be “best friends” if he were elected.
In keeping with the tradition of coming unprepared for events, he showed predictable unfamiliarity with India and made equally predictable mistakes.
He used the word “Hindu” as a synonym for India, the country. “I am a big fan of Hindu. I am a big fan of India,” he said, sparking immediate hilarity on social media.