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No slums and monkeys in sight: How India prepared for Trump’s trip

No slums and monkeys in sight: How India prepared for Trump’s trip

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There is quite a lot of commotion on the eastern side of the Pakistan-India border about Trump’s raving statement made about Pakistan in a stadium full of 100,000 Indians as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on.

The same commotion can be found in India as well, but for different reasons, while the trip holds much political significance – strays and slum dwellers got the short end of the stick. 

CDNCD, the local Cattle and Dog Nuisance Control Department, formed a crack team to remove stray cows and dogs in the 3 KM radius of the route taken by Trump and his entourage in Ahmedabad. Birds and monkeys were also kept out of Air Force One’s way on the Ahmedabad airport by roping in the services of a local NGO and the state forest department.

Monkeys are being rounded up by the dozens.

“In the past 10 days, we have caught 45-odd monkeys. They come in search of food,” Raag Patel from the Nature Conservation Foundation said. The captive monkeys are put away in cages with food, which are then sent to a distant location – far from the path of the US entourage.

Hundreds of billboards boasting Trump, Melania and Modi’s photos have been put up all across Ahmedabad. Wondering what else is new in the city? A wall. Ironically.

While officials deny the cause behind it, a long wall has been built along the route in Ahmedabad in western India to the new Sardar Patel Stadium, where Trump addressed a rally. Locals believe the wall has been build to hide a slum. 

“So Modi has supposedly made everything good and there’s development everywhere, right? But he’s hid us behind here,” states Sardar Sarania, a slum dweller.

Scroll below to see pictures from the preparations.

A long wall is built along the route in Ahmedabad in western India to the new Sardar Patel Stadium to hide a slum, say locals.

Hundreds of banners and hoardings with pictures of Trump, Modi and Melania Trump have been put up across Ahmedabad, projecting the ‘Namaste Trump’ rally as a historic event in US-India relations.

A giant board welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump in the city of Agra.

Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels past hoardings with the images of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, during a rehearsal for a road show prior to Trump’s visit, in Ahmedabad.

A cleaner removes dust from the road in front of hoardings of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump

India and US flags near Rashtrapati Bhawan at Raisina Hill, New Delhi.

Workers beautify the world-famous Taj Mahal ahead of Trump’s visit.

Agra Municipal Corporation workers use excavators to clean the banks of the Yamuna river behind the Taj Mahal in Agra

Workers clean the foundation at Taj Mahal

Three chairs are set up for US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Gandhi Ashram.

Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik bends near his sand sculpture representing US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump along with a message ‘Welcome to India’ written below the Taj Mahal, on Puri beach.

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