During his meeting with business leaders, Mr Modi also raised India's "business friendly" climate. Speaking ahead of the visit, India's Ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Sarna, said that Prime Minister Modi and President Trump would discuss crucial issues such as counter-terrorism, security and cyber security.
Dr. Nandini Tandon said she has high hopes from the meeting between two powerful leaders - Trump and Prime Minister Modi.
A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas - used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States - has also caused concern in New Delhi. "Both want to promote their defense industries and that's a way they can do it together", Jaishankar said.
At his White House interaction, President Trump is expected to go further.
Trump and Modi share a populist streak and a knack for social media, but their economic nationalist agendas could clash.
But unlike those countries, Trump has not expressed much of an opinion on most things regarding India, so it is unlikely that his tenure will feature any major realignment. "We held extensive discussions on opportunities in India", Modi tweeted after the meeting that lasted for about 90 minutes.
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In his conference with USA business honchos, Prime Minister Modi stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States.
Both sides want better market access.
"For Trump, the personal is political", said Atman Trivedi, an Asia specialist at Hills & Company consultancy. He said that this was India's tradition and culture, to abide by the global rules.
Initial signs were upbeat, with Trump describing Modi as a "true friend!" on Twitter, and the Indian leader posting that he "greatly looked forward" to the one-on-one.
On fighting terrorism, Kugelman said the two leaders have a similar worldview - that "it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head".
Praising Prime Minsiter Modi, another expat said Modi has enhanced the status of Indian people across the world and we are not anxious about the H1B Visa as there are no hurdles for students who know work.
Prior to his withdrawal from the Accords, Trump said: "Our government rushed to join worldwide agreements where the USA bears the costs and bears the burden while other countries get the benefit and pay nothing and this includes deals like the one-sided Paris Climate Accord. where the USA pays billions while China, Russia and India have contributed, and will contribute, nothing".
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