Modi gets standing Ovation in Joint Session of US Congress | 15 keypoints

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the US Congress induced multiple standing ovations, applauses and cheers from American lawmakers and also chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ from members of the diaspora community sitting in the House Chamber at the US Capitol.

PM Modi’s address received about 15 standing ovations from US lawmakers and multiple applauses.


  1. PM Modi expresses gratitude on behalf of 1.4 billion people of India for the opportunity to address the United States Congress. He remembers all the people present and are no longer in the assembly such as John Lewis, Ron Wright and other staff members.
  2. “In the past few years, there have been many advances in AI – Artificial Intelligence. At the same time, there have been even more momentous developments in another AI – America and India.” PM Compares America and India’s relation as new advancement of growth and opportunity.
  3. PM calls America the oldest Democracy and signifies its bond between India and how both the nations share the same vision.
  4. Here Modi appreciates the Speaker of the Assembly for their passion and determination to work for the country even in tough times.
  5. Modi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior and also remember many others who worked for liberty, equality and justice, paying heartfelt tribute to one of them – Congressman John Lewis.
  6. Modi highlights the diversity of India signifying its different parties, languages and food. “We have twenty-two official languages and thousands of dialects, and yet, we speak in one voice. Every hundred miles, our cuisine changes. From Dosa to Aloo Parantha and from Srikhand to Sandesh. We enjoy all of these. We are home to all faiths in the world, and we celebrate all of them. In India, diversity is a natural way of life.”
  7. Modi expresses India’s achievement as 5th Largest economy as of 2023, jumping from 10th Largest economy previously when he visited US in 2016. He assures that India is going to be the 3rd largest economy soon.
  8. Regarding Ukraine-Russia war, PM expresses his concern on the effects of the war and its disruption to the principles of the UN Charter.
  9. Adding to Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Modi signifies that this era is not of war and the nations should stop the bloodshed, assumably pointing at Putin, President of Russia.
  10. PM share his concern over Indo-Pacific region and how the dark clouds of coercion and confrontation may hinder the growth and safety of the region. “We share a vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo Pacific, connected by secure seas, defined by international law, free from domination, and anchored in ASEAN centrality.”
  11. COVID-19’s biggest impact was the human loss and suffering it caused. I wish to remember Congressman, Ron Wright and the staff members who lost their lives to Covid. As we emerge out of the pandemic, we must give shape to a new world order. Consideration, care and concern are the need of the hour. Giving a voice to the Global South is the way forward. That is why I firmly believe that the African Union be given full membership of G20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked US President Joe Biden for accepting the proposal to add ‘Africa’ as a permanent member of the G20.
  12. “We come from different circumstances and history, but we are united by a common vision. And, by a common destiny. When our partnership progresses, economic resilience increases, innovation grows, science flourishes, knowledge advances, humanity benefits, our seas and skies are safer, democracy will shine brighter, and the world will be a better place.”
  13. PM addresses people of the United States and the Assembly who have roots in India, also, pointing at Kamala Harris, Vice President of America.
  14. Modi thanked Mr. Speaker and Madam Vice President with quote, “When I was here in 2016, I had said that our relationship is primed for a momentous future. That future is today.”
  15. Modi ends the Speech with “God Bless America, Jai Hind, Long Live India-US Friendship”

On several occasions, the diaspora broke into the chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ during the address.

Some of the members of the Indian-American community were dressed in traditional Indian attire as well.

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