American President Barack Obama’s public statements in Mumbai praising Islamabad’s efforts against terrorists and reminding India of its stake in Pakistan’s long-term stability are no surprise. However, they will reinforce a residual concern in New Delhi that the US leader continues to see India as a card to play in a large Afpak poker game.
Just after touting some much-needed good news on the job front, President Obama and his wife Michelle set off on their 10-day Asian visit.
CNN — U.S. President Barack Obama struck a defiant tone in the first speech of his trip to India, saying Saturday that his stay at the Mumbai hotel attacked by terrorists two years ago is “absolutely” intended to send a message.
Michelle Obama played hopscotch, danced and sang with 33 disadvantaged children from the Indian charity Make a Difference Saturday at the University of Mumbai.
Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the eldest son of King Dasharath of Ayodhya, from his 14-year exile with Sita and Lakshman after killing the Ravana, a demon king.