The Obamas’ Young India Talks

<br>ABIJIT SHARMA

Nov. 21, 2010, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. 04 No.-11, Nov 19 2010 (Mangsir 03, 2067)

President Obama’s visit to India understandably made big headlines all over. The most powerful man on earth was in the second most populous country. The head of the government of the world’s only superpower was on his first tour of a superpower-in-the-making.

Even as the meeting between the leaders of the two largest democracies hogged the headlines, the engagements of the first American couple Barack Obama and Michelle Obama with students and underprivileged children did carry no less importance.

The remarks they made and the advice they offered were well taken notice of by the younger Indian lot.

Soon after landing at the Mumbai airport for a three-day India tour, Obama had a question and answer session with Obama said addressing some 300 curious and inquisitive students at the financial centre’s prestigious St.Xavier's College.

He took the opportunity to speak up his mind and said he drew a lot of inspiration from India's freedom struggle, thriving economy and its democracy.'What kind of India you want in 20 years depends totally on you' the President gave encouraging remarks to the attentive students. 'You can improve democracy and help your country grow even more' he told adding, 'Together with the US, you can seize opportunities offered'.

On a question on 'Jihad', Obama described Islam as a religion  that reaffirms peace, fairness and tolerance, violence and hatred.He expected the young people to help shatter the myth. On a student’s question regarding the relation between Pakistan and the US, the President said that Pakistan was strategically very important to the US and the whole world.  According to him, India has a great stake in the success of Pakistan.

Even as the president was busy interacting with students, the first lady, Michelle, was checking dance steps with a group of underprivileged children, and giving them tips on how one can shape a better future. Narrating her own story to the kids, she told how education and values taught to her helped her become smart and confident.

Political analysts may continue debating on how fruitful the visit had been, but there were little doubts that the Obamas had clicked with the Indian young lot – the future of the rising power.
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On a question on 'Jihad', Obama described Islam as a religion  that reaffirms peace, fairness and tolerance, violence and hatred.He expected the young people to help shatter the myth. On a student’s question regarding the relation between Pakistan and the US, the President said that Pakistan was strategically very important to the US and the whole world.  According to him, India has a great stake in the success of Pakistan.

Even as the president was busy interacting with students, the first lady, Michelle, was checking dance steps with a group of underprivileged children, and giving them tips on how one can shape a better future. Narrating her own story to the kids, she told how education and values taught to her helped her become smart and confident.

Political analysts may continue debating on how fruitful the visit had been, but there were little doubts that the Obamas had clicked with the Indian young lot – the future of the rising power.
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