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.

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President Obama’s Visit to India by Kal Penn

President Obama just wrapped up a 3-day visit to India. While the President’s visit to India may not have received extensive coverage in the US,  the Indian media scrutinized every move and gesture of the President. This is President Obama’s  second visit to India.

At a symbolic level President Obama’s meeting had a couple of firsts. This is also the first time  an American President has visited India twice. He is the the first American President to attend India’s Republic Day in New Delhi, India.

Traveling with President’s entourage were a handful of high-powered executive like Indira Nooyi of Pepsi, Ajay Bhanga of Mastercard, Vivek Ranadive of Tibco along with Nisha Biswal Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State, Ami Bera, California Congressman  and actor Kal Penn.

Kal Penn breaks down the importance of President Obama’s visit in this short little video that is worth watching. It comes complete with an Indian flavor – the ubiquitous autorickshaw, rick or scootie.  Take a dekho.