Obama’s historic declaration


By Dr. Sampat Shivangi

Ridgeland, MS: The recently concluded President Barack Obama’s trip to India was as historic as it was with two of his predecessors.

The media and the general public at large even in India, did not expect much  out of this visit, but the results are contrary to expectations. In one word,  I can say, it’s “stunning” to many naysayers,  particularly to China and Pakistan. I am sure they are dismayed that Obama would declare that India has emerged as a world leader.

I know, for India,  it is a long way for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, but Obama’s announcement of the US support is a great beginning.

As the president-elect of Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) and Chair of Republican Indian Council (RIC) of Mississippi, I  congratulate President Obama for his leadership and bold announcement, and  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his sincere move in fostering a new level of India’s foreign policy and  taking Indo US relations to a new dimension.  Obama’s announcement  about US support to India’s demand for a permanent UN Security Council seat is his  special gift to India on the Diwali Day.

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