President Obama’s Visit To India

President Barrack Obama became the first American President to visit India twice, and the first to attend India’s Republic Day parade. He spent 3 days in New Delhi meeting with politicians, entrepreneurs and other policy makers.

There was lot of talk about the “bromance” between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. It is the “Bromance of the year.” writes Bloomberg. Then there was that famous tea or “chai” break where Obama and Modi sat down to sip a cup of tea and talk. After the bromance and the chai-break on the first day, the second day was time for saw President Obama and Michelle Obama attending India’s  Republic Day Parade.

Was President Obama’s visit to India a success? It depends on how you look at it and which media coverage you read. The expectations were not too high from this visit points out The Economist.

What about the breakthrough in the nuclear deal between US and India? Was there a breakthrough or was this a hastily clobbered deal. Again, it depends what you read. “The announcement contained few specific details, and some are skeptical,” writes The Washington Post about a breakthrough in the nuclear deal.

Did President Obama’s presence at India’s Republic Day Parade send a signal to China asks The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Was that a signal that the Asian pivot towards India could happen asks WSJ.

And on the final day of his visit President Obama made his parting shot about religious freedom in India points out Reuters. That message on religious freedom is a politically sensitive message points out The Indian Express.

Anti-Americanism is Dead writes Dhruva Jaishankar, who steps back and provides a comprehensive picture of the visit  from three different lens – symbolic, political and practical. He makes a persuasive argument when he writes “(this visit is the) closest thing to a strategic partnership that is possible in an increasingly tactical world.”

And if you need a backgrounder on why President Obama went to India then Tanvi Madan of Brookings Institute has you covered in this article.

If you want to look at visuals from President Obama’s visit check out The White House Blog and Politico.

John Oliver on The Biggest Elections In The World in India


“The biggest elections in the world” is taking part in India points out John Oliver in “Last Week Tonight.” his new show that debuted this past Sunday on HBO.What was interesting is Oliver spent nearly 9 minutes talking about the great Indian elections. In less than 9 minutes Oliver provides a brilliant and incisive analysis of how India’s General Elections is barley covered by American media.

“If this story is not worth covering, then nothing is worth covering.” He does add Indian stories are not being ignored by American news media, but this newsworthy Indian story on the world’s biggest elections barely registers a blip in the American media radar.

“What does it (Indian elections) have to do with the United States?” asks John McLaughlin in his weekly news show “The McLaughlin Group.” “It is not even in our hemisphere,” he adds. Those 2 lines by McLaughlin says a lot about how India and the Indian elections fare on those Sunday morning political shows on TV and cable.  If you are a political junkie and watch all those political shows on Sunday, you know that McLauglin’s show is one of the oldest running political shows.  A former Jesuit priest and a speech writer for President Nixon McCaughlin is a  Republican and a well-known political commentator.

Back to Oliver and the brilliant job he did in highlighting how American media is covering the Indian elections, while ironically Indian TV news shows are clearly influenced by American cable news. India is not ignoring our cable news he points out. First there is Narendra Modi’s use of holograph, which Oliver points out is a mix of Coachella and Tupac 2 American music icons.  Coachella is a 3 day music and arts festival held in Indio in California, while Tupac was an American actor and rapper And the second American influence? The “Foxification” of Indian TV news channel.

Voting for the Indian Elections began on April 7 and continue till May 12, 2014. On May 16, 2014 we will know the results of the elections and who will be the next Prime Minister of India.