With a humongous amount of hype around Obama visiting India, the whole nation it appears is on it’s toes to welcome the United States’ President. Many contentious issues will be discussed between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during this visit.
Do these hyped up visits serve any purpose?
To start with,┬á discussions┬ápertaining an agreement on climate change, civil-nuclear deal and defence procurement┬áwill be┬áheld.
A breakthrough could be achieved in a firm deal on climate change- that would bring carbon emitters on board for the Paris climate summit. This meeting to ensue during a meal between the two leaders, will present a seminal moment in bilateral ties and will set a tone for re-invigorating the partnership.
While Obama is here for his three day visit, he will be protected around the clock by 2,000 US Security personnel. PM Modi has been given the code name Lotus – in keeping with the President of the US (POTUS) abbreviation.
An important by-product of this visit┬áhas been┬áPresident Obama’s┬ástern┬áwarning to Pakistan to stop┬áterrorism from its soil┬áand arrest┬á┬áZaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.
Obama is also expected to speak about the contribution of the Indian diaspora in US and about unity in diversity in the two nations at his address at Sirifort Auditorium on January 27. He is also expected to underline the importance of good India-US relations for a “strong” modern world to fight terror.
Deepening cooperation in critical fields such as defence, security, counter-terrorism and the situation in India’s extended neighbourhood would be among the issues that would be discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Obama. The US is a key partner for capital, technology, knowledge and skills in our development effort as also a potentially important source of clean energy technology and hydrocarbons.
President Pranab Mukherjee will be hosting a ceremonial banquet at Rahstrapati Bhavan in honour of the US President and is being said to be a star studded affair. The US President will be hosting a private mocktail party for a select few on January 26 evening at ITC Maurya’s European restaurant Westview wherein exotic mocktails will be served with the underlying theme of “Made in India”, in consonance with PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious project.
Also, Narendra Modi and Barack Obama will jointly address the nation on January 27 on the monthly radio show Mann ki Baat during his visit and will even take questions from listeners. This visit sure seems to be on the path of making history in both the nations’ bilateral relations.