During Mr Modi’s four-day visit to the US beginning on Saturday, he will also will meet members of the US Congress and dine with President Barack Obama before a more formal bilateral meeting at the White House.
Four years ago, Mr Obama said that the relationship between the two countries would be “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st Century”.
But the rhetoric has barely lived up to its potential.
US officials have often expressed frustration at India’s failure to play a confident leadership role as an emerging economy and become an effective strategic partner.
The irony, analysts say, is that Mr Modi portrays himself as exactly the kind of confident, ambitious and decisive leader the US would want to be on its side in a rapidly changing world.
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