Yes Obama did it! And India reveled in the pleasure. India and Obama make a fantastic pair.This relationship has finally hit a new high. Both are going around and painting the town red (read Media). For long, India has been trying hard to seduce America and outwit the charms of courtesan Pakistan. I’d like to believe America still has a soft corner for Pakistan, though these days it can’t help but be allured by the oomph of this Young, bold and brazen country. Media is going berserk with this liaison. By telecasting this affair they have got sumptuous fodder to feed the hungry common man cow. Newspapers could finally put the ink in their publishing machinery to good use. Columnists and of course bloggers like me have got intellectual matter to ponder upon and exercise those indolent creative cells in brain.
Speculations of this visit by the head of the most powerful country in the world started since the day Obama took those Presidential vows. Will he or won’t he? Considering the fact that Clinton and Bush notched up their popularity charts by landing here in India, the news of his November visit hardly came as a surprise. Clinton was a charmer. His charisma won him millions of hearts and that million included mine too :P I was in school then and Clinton was fresh out of this Lewinsky scandal. Lucky Lewinsky, I don’t blame her at all. My school friends used to tease me about that since Lewinsky and I share the first name. I confess blog, I secretly enjoyed those taunts and those Monicaaaa oh my darling lines!! That reminds me of my school friend Yukti, she still writes those lines on FB. Love you Yukti :)
Bush’s visit didn’t create that magic and flutter. After all, it’s difficult to match up to Clinton’s standards. His visit to ITC Maurya’s Bukhara raised that place to another league. I am hoping I get to visit that place one fine day and savor that famous Clinton platter. Such futile and worldly dreams I have no! Cut back to present. Obama and Michelle’s trip enchanted us and we wanted the fairy tale to go on and on. Obama’s oratory skills are eminent and he added zing to his speech by referring to Vivekananda, Gandhi and Ambedkar. Applauds in Parliament and repeated telecasts of his profound speech made me proud to witness this historic moment. The moment that catapulted India into a new league. Obama initially acted pricey, he had that difficult to be pleased and snotty aura around him. However, his speech indicated that he has accepted India’s proposal and is ready for the next step.
I marvel at the games these dignitaries and high profile people play. They know how to fixate their images in minds of people and conquer their hearts. All they have to do is sprinkle their speech with certain ‘personalized references’ and everyone concerned will surly sit up and take notice. Everyone loves attention isn’t it? It’s all about playing the right cards to captivate and then etching out an image in the hearts of public. Looking at it practically, he promised nothing great to India. Just a few assurances as per my knowledge and a few deals here and there. Oh I forgot!! Assurances do weigh a lot when they come from the most powerful man in the world. It is hoped that his next trip includes his daughters as well. Be our guests!!Atithi Devo Bhava