Americans google ‘what is India’ and ‘where is India’ after Namaste Trump

  • As per Google Trends, Americans are trying to locate where India is and also wondering “what is India?.”
  • A lot of Americans are scouring the Internet for much more basic questions like - Where is India?.
  • However, this isn't surprising. Last month, searches for “where is Iran” surged when murmurs about World War III were doing the rounds on Twitter.
As Indians are busy catching up on update of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump who are visiting India, a lot of Americans are scouring the Internet for much more basic questions like - Where is India?

As per Google Trends, Americans are trying to locate where India is and also wondering “what is India?.”


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The searches for the keyword “where is India” were highest in Indiana followed by New Jersey on February 24. And for the “what is India” keyword, New Jersey had the highest search followed by Indiana.

The searches peaked soon after the White House released a statement stating Trump’s India visit.

However, this isn't surprising. Last month, searches for “where is Iran” surged when murmurs about World War III were doing the rounds on Twitter. The search peaked after US media reported that US-Iran are on the brink of a war — after Iran fired missiles at the multiple bases housing US troops.

When Trump asked: Where is Myanmar?


Donald Trump is also bucking the trend of geographic curiosity. Last year, Trump met the survivors of religious persecution at the Oval Office. The refugees were from China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar. After one of them asked Trump what was his plan to help Rohingya refugees in Myanmar. To that, Trump responded: “Where is that exactly?”

A man standing next to Trump explained to him that Myanmar is “next to Burma” — which is totally incorrect. Myanmar was known as Burma until 1989.

Namaste Trump

The Trumps landed in India with his wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner on February 24 at 11.37am. His two-day visit in India includes a visit to Sabarmati Ashram, ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Motera Stadium, a banquet at the President’s house — where he will meet some ministers.

Trump is also likely to meet the CEOs of the Indian companies in a round-table. India’s top billionaires like Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group; Mukesh Ambani, CMD of Reliance Industries; N Chandrasekaran Tata Sons etc are expected to present at the meeting.

See also: President Trump and PM Modi hold a meeting at the Hyderabad House — here are the top highlights
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