Story of India is story of America: Obama

The story of India is the story of America: Obama

US President Barack Obama’s powerful address to the joint session of Indian Parliament telecast live across the globe Monday contained references to a number of things we Indians are proud of. Here’s all what he mentioned in his speech:

India is the world’s largest democracy;

There are three million Indian Americans;

India is beautiful and dynamic;

Farmers and women are the backbone of Indian society;

University students charting India’s future;

Indians are known for their hospitality;

India is not simply emerging; India has already emerged;

Indian civilization has been shaping the world for thousands of years;

Indians unlocked the intricacies of the human body and the vastness of our universe;

Our information age is rooted in Indian innovations—including the number zero;

India has expanded our moral imagination;

Indian religious texts summon the faithful to lives of dignity and discipline;

Indian poets had imagined a future “where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”;

I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world;

I might not be standing before you today, as President of the United States, had it not been for Gandhiji and the message he shared with America and the world;

India is a model to the world;

India’s greatest resource is the Indian people;

India is one of the engines of the global economy;

India has one of the world’s largest middle classes;

India’s richness of faiths was celebrated by Swami Vivekananda who visited my hometown of Chicago more than a century ago;

India has built institutions upon which true democracy depends;

Indian and US constitutions begin with the same revolutionary words—“We the people”;

India has a long history as a leading contributor to United Nations peacekeeping missions;

I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member;

Right to Information Act is empowering citizens in India;

India has been a leader in supporting democratic development and civil society groups around the world;

A Dalit like Dr. Ambedkar lifted himself up and penned the words of the Constitution that protects the rights of all Indians;

Every person living in a village in Punjab or the bylanes of Chandni Chowk…an old section of Kolkata or a new high-rise in Bangalore deserves the same chance to live in security and dignity, to get an education, to find work, and to give their children a better future;

Simple lessons contained in the collection of stories from Panchtantra have guided Indians for centuries;

The story of India is the story of America.

Jai Hind!

3 comments

  1. Hello Neeraj,

    I am a mauritian blogger, and came across your blog. Quite amazing that our blog resembles so much. Guess it is because we are quite close. I am from indian forefathers. hehe.

    Coming back to the article, I have followed the news lately and this comes just in time as the french president, sarkozy, is getting closer to Chinese prime minister. I am sure this is no coincidence. The 2 western leaders are getting closer to the 2 eastern leaders. They are probably up to something. We should keep following that.

    Wish you all the best for the time being. Take care.

    Ashfaq.

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  2. We are a nation which took the wrong turn every time an opportunity presented itself.

    Yes every word spoken by the President about India of past is true. That is where the journey began. The present is partially correct. We are progressing without doubt yet are being failed repeatedly by our Government who is just not governing the country. We are hamstrung by corruption, poverty and majority proportion of selfserving politicians.

    India’s and Indian’s interest are being compromised at the altar of political expediencies.
    India can attain the stature that it seeks by addressing these critical issues. The confidence would be missing in our assertions if our own house is not in order, or the people who represent India are not perceived to belong to an honest system of governance.
    Hope Congress and UPA in particular will introspect as there is too much that they have to answer for to us.

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