Obama in India

3 Nov

Barrack Obama and IndiaObama is reaching Mumbai on November 6, 2010 for a 4 day trip. As usual here in India, visit of the president of United States is a big event. This will be his longest stay in a foreign country in still early days of his tenure. Moreover, by not visiting Pakistan on this tour, the US wants to send out a clear message about the importance it gives on its relations with the rising Asian power.

Obama will stay at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai which was the focal point of one of the biggest and deadliest terrorist attacks the country has witnessed in its history. The President choosing to put up at the heritage hotel itself shows India’s resilience.

Obama is coming with a huge delegation of American businessman. The team look forwards to utilize this visit to push their cases in ongoing talks for a number of defence procurement deals valued at more than $11bn. His tour itinerary includes high level political meetings and dinners with the Indian leaders, business conferences and the address to the parliament.

The President and the first lady will celebrate his Diwali with kids in a convent school in Mumbai. In between, he will visit Gandhi Museum in Mumbai and also pay homage at Rajghat to the the Father of the Nation in New Delhi. Obama is known to be admirer of Gandhi and is known to be studying the life of the great leader. This is no doubt planned to send out a positive message that Obama is not just on a business trip.

A lot is expected out of the joint press-conference that Obama and our Prime Minister is scheduled to address after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders.

The high expectations might not be met with Obama more worried about creating jobs in US than anything else. Obama has already declared that it will be difficult for India to get a permanent seat in the UN Security council which was slated to be an important topic of discussion on the visit. With the setback in the midterm elections further complicating his problems, this visit is likely to be a lot of talks accompanied by symbolism and less action.

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