Saturday, October 30, 2010

Will Obama' s India visit on November make any significant changes in South Asia?

US president Barak Obama is visiting India as three-days trip (6th, 7th and 8th) in November.

White House has released below schedule.

Nov 5 - Obama will depart from Washington

Nov 6 - Obama will arrive in Mumbai

Day One (Nov 6)

- The US President will first visit Taj Hotel, one of the targets of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, to remember the victims of the terror strike. He is expected to make a statement here and meet some survivors of the attack.

- He will next go to the Gandhi Museum, revealed Mr Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. (Obama's respect for the Mahatma Gandhi is well-known; he kept a framed picture of Gandhi in his Senate office and invoked his name in his Nobel Peace Prize speech)

- Obama will then move on to the business summit organised by US-India Business Council, where he will meet and greet India Inc.

Day Two (Nov 7)

- Barack Obama will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with Mumbai children at a local school.

- He will later interact with university students at the Town Hall. His speech will be centred around democracy and Indo-US ties.

Day Three (Nov 8)

- The Us President will travel to the national capital, New Delhi, where he is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and President Pratibha Patil.

- The highlight of the day would be Obama addressing the Parliament.

- Obama's day and the trip will end with the state dinner hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife.

Nov 9 - Obama will leave Delhi for Jakarta in the morning.

Obama's visit to India is expected to focus on economic relations between the countries, highlighting big commercial deals for U.S. companies and promoting areas in which India could offer greater access to American companies and, in turn, boost U.S. employment.

Obama Administration's point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said that Obama's India visit is not only important for strengthening the bilateral ties but also for the peace in South Asia.

InternationalReporter says that Obama's India visit followed by China’s Wen, both important for South Asia.

Indian IT industry is planning to have detailed discussion with Obama during his India visit.

Infosys Technologies' chief executive S. Gopalakrishnan has said "The Indian IT industry will raise issues related to outsourcing and immigration with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India next month"

"We will also clarify to Obama that most of the job losses in the US are not arising because of outsourcing IT services to India. They are resulting in other sectors such as construction, retail, which is moving to online shops, and the rest of manufacturing moving out of the country," Gopalakrishnan said

You can see the below video which shows how India Inc is optimistic on Obama's India visit.

It looks like Obama is very exited about his India visit.

Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani asked people to intensify protests ahead of US President Barack Obama's India visit. "Our freedom struggle has entered a crucial phase and the next 10 days are very important...when the US president visits India, the attention of the world is going to remain focused on South Asia.

"Our resistance programme has not only created awareness about Kashmir and the sufferings of its people internationally, but has also given sleepless nights to India," Geelani said in a statement in Srinagar.

The Left parties have called for a countrywide protest on November 8, the day US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit India. They claim the US is allegedly pressurizing India on its economic policies.

Anyway, they won't boycott Obama's address to Parliament.

And, White house has informed that Terror plot won't affect Obama's India trip.

Barack Obama's trip to India Nov 6-9 will be the sixth by a US president since Dwight D Eisenhower became the first to come visiting more than 50 years ago. Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W Bush were the other US presidents to visit India.

Obama is known for his famous slogan "Change we can believe in".

Let us see whether his India visit makes any "Change" in South Asia.

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