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Titans meet, world notices

WHEN US President Obama came on a three day visit to India, an unusual spectacle was seen at Delhi airport. There was Modi, the prime minister of India waiting anxiously at the foot of Air Force One to welcome Obama and his wife Michelle. Modi himself was wearing a bright orange and beige...

Presidential echoes

WONDER if when Mr. Barack Obama took time out from official engagements he perused the Republic Day message from President Pranab Mukherjee -- there is an uncanny commonality with the undertones of his farewell speech at the Siri Fort “town hall.” The festivity that bridged the physical distance between the White House and Raisina Hill was a veneration of the Indian Constitution -- hence both presidents were morally bound to exhort the upholding of its sacred tenets, many of...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Tilt towards America

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi must be regretting that he invited President Barack Obama for the Republic Day. The latter made no secret of demolishing the Bhartiya Janata Party's 'ghar wapsi' slogan and the other programmes related to Hindutva ideology. He reminded India of its commitment to religious freedom, consecrated in the constitution. A more charitable explanation can be that Modi wanted his Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to know what the democratic world thought about its new zeal for a Hindu...

America Pivots South, to India

Could Bangladesh be next?

BANGLADESH might not yet be on his agenda, but a much anticipated return visit to India earlier this week by US President Barack Obama could well signify that South Asia is, like Southeast Asia, finally getting some well-deserved US attention as part of the so-called American rebalance -- or what was once known as the “pivot” -- to Asia. That's a welcome change as America and America's policymakers wake up to the obvious, namely that there is more to...

Castro demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US-Cuba diplomatic deal

Castro demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US-Cuba diplomatic deal

Cuba has demanded the US hand back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised. In a speech, President Raul Castro also called for the lifting of the US trade embargo and Cuba's removal from a terror list. Last month the two countries announced a thaw in relations, agreeing to restore diplomatic...

Editorial

A new turn in Indo-US relationship

THIS was  for the first time that a US President visited India twice  during  his incumbency and two summits were held between the  heads of government  in four months  of each other. These 'firsts'  coupled with another maiden gesture of  having  US President  as the chief guest at the Indian Republic Day celebrations clearly underlined the  current level of importance Washington and New Delhi attach to  their relationship. What transpired from the second summit between Obama and Modi  transcended  beyond...

Modi-Obama bonhomie in Delhi

Modi-Obama bonhomie in Delhi

President Barack Obama was in Delhi between 27 and 27 January. He was the first US President to be the Chief Guest at India's Republic Day parade. Obama is also the first US President to visit India twice while in office. Republic Day parade is a colourful pageant held in Delhi from the...

Importance of Obama's India visit

Importance of Obama's India visit

President Barack Obama's visit to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations is rich in symbolism and has political and diplomatic significance. This is the first time that the president of the United States is the chief guest in India's Republic Day parade. Obama is also the first American president to visit India...

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

US President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies. Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,...

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 91, new ruler Salman

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 91, new ruler Salman

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. King Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung infection. A statement early on Friday said his 79-year-old half brother, Salman, had become king. King Abdullah came to the throne in...

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