Obama and India

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on June 5, 2008

Last summer, before most people were paying much attention to the Democratic presidential contest in the U.S., Barack Obama had to apologize after a staffer issued a statement that tried to make fun of Hillary Clinton’s ties to Indian fundraisers by referring to her as the senator from the Punjab. But now that Obama has at last clinched the nomination, all is forgiven, at least based on what I can tell from the editorial pages of some of India’s major papers. Writes the Hindu: “Given the electorate’ disillusionment with the current Republican administration, Mr. Obama is on a good wicket when he portrays Mr. McCain as a person who is committed to George Bush’s policies.” The Economic Times calls Obama’s win “a monumentally symbolic event” and after taking a jab or two at what the paper calls “the Bush regime” adds “It is unlikely that the fundamental political paradigms of the US will change, yet the sheer symbolic import of an African-American occupying the White House is immense. And even at that level, a possible break with the Bush-neocon tradition of riding roughshod over international institutions, of overseeing worsening global strife, is welcome.

The Times of India has some misgivings, though. “Irrespective of whether eventually McCain wins or Obama does, there’s no denying that a page has been turned in America’s history,” the paper’s editorial page declares. But just before that sentence, the Times wonders about Obama’s policy toward the subcontinent. “As far as India is concerned, Obama is perhaps the least known for his views. McCain and Clinton have a clear position on where New Delhi fits in the emerging world. In that scheme, India ranks pretty high. Obama appears to share no such vision, at least not yet.”

We’ll see. In the meantime, this is a good excuse to link to the Barack OBollywood video on YouTube. So far I haven’t been able to locate a John Mc’Bollywood one. If somebody out there finds one, let me know.

Reader Comments


June 5, 2008 9:59 PM

Obama is bad for India. Obama is worse for Israel. The Iranians are singing now!!!

Jalal Alamgir

June 9, 2008 10:45 AM

There is little chance of any US policy change toward India, whether it's strategic or economic. US policy toward South Asia will be dictated primarily by the country's two main concerns: China and the War on Terror / Middle East. Given the needs of these two areas, there is virtually no chance of any disruption in US stance toward India. Regardless of who wins, expect US efforts to enlist India as a close ally to only become stronger.

Jalal Alamgir

saurav jain

January 29, 2009 12:39 PM

nice news regarding obama nd india


May 13, 2009 5:49 AM

obama is surely a curse on the growing economic expantion of india . his veiw is as good as raj thakre's veiw that is bound to hurt the growing relation with india . i hope the 5 year tenure of obama ends quickly and india becomes the undisputed king of bpo and outsourcing jobs

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