H C Singh

Implications of Decline of Democrats and rise of Republicans in USA and President Obama’s visit to India

There has been decline in the midterm polls in USA but never to the extent it has happened on Nov 2, is 2010. Loss of Democrats in House of Representative is greatest in last 70 years. Democrats of President Obama have lost control of house by losing 60 seats, benefitting the Republicans to the same extent. In the senate there is marginal decline and Democrat retain slight majority. Loss of Illinois seat in senate is disheartening for President Obama as he held this seat before becoming President of USA. It is a speculation whether Obama could bounce back as Clinton and Reagon did after loss in midterm poll though their loss was not as much in number of seats as that of President Obama. There is a bit of pessimism in case of Obama because his popularity in two years of Presidency has declined from 60% to 45% as of today. However it depends on Obama and his team’s effort in solving many internal problems like decline in economy and increase in unemployment and external problems as the way the Afghan and Iraq problems are solved and how relations with Asia’s big two China and India are handled in addition to relation with European and Latin American countries.

For American Indians and India, election of Nikki Haley ( Nimrata Randhawa before marriage to Haley) as second American Indian Governor, after Bobby Jindal is matter of great pride particularly because Nikki Haley is first Indian American woman to be elected as Governor of an American state. In contrast six Indian origin aspirants for membership of House of Representative as democrat candidates lost. But nevertheless Governorship of South Carolina for first Indian origin American is far more significant for American Indians as well as for India.

Now about Obama’s maiden visit to India that too after having visited 10 countries since he was elected US President two year back. His visit to foreign countries commenced with visit to adjoining North American Country Canada which he visited again in June 2010.He visited Afghanistan twice because of US involvement in fight against Taliban and to support the democratic government of Afghan President Karzai. He visited UK and IRAQ in April 2009.Visit to Iraq was important because of American involvement due to miscalculation of his predecessor George Bush and US army attack on Iraq. He visited Russia, China, Norway, Denmark, France, Egypt and Japan during his first year of Presidency to assess American relationships in trade and diplomacy, as most of the countries were American allies and had suffered due to recession. President Obama’s visit to foreign countries during 2010 were just two, to Canada and Afghanistan, before he planned a visit to India as Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh had frequent visits to USA to apprise US President about Indian concerns on Nuclear Liability by India, permanent UN seat, trade and particularly threat by Pakistan supported Taliban’s and terrorist on Taj hotel Mumbai on 26/11 and other violations by Pakistan’s ISI supported militants in Kashmir.

Initially President Obama maintained diplomatic silence regarding Pakistan’s involvement in Terrorist’s support, particularly in 26/11 attack on Mumbai and that too on Hotel Taj where he chose to stay and meet the victims. A girl student of St Xavier’s was bold and forthright to ask President Obama a question as to why he has not called Pakistan a “Terrorist Country”. To this question he gave quite an elaborate reply saying mainly that USA and World and even India want to see Pakistan a stable, peaceful and prosperous country. But in Delhi on day 3, he said what India had been anxious to hear. First of all he said that Pakistan should act against terrorists and their centers in Pakistan, indirectly meaning that Pakistan was responsible for Terrorist intrusions and invasions in India. Next he declared that USA will back India being a permanent member of UN Security Council. There were cheers by all members of Parliament irrespective of their affiliation to political parties of Right, left and congress itself. Cheers were loud and continuous and unprecedented. Above all, while ending his speech he said Jai Hind which won the hearts of MP’s and other Indians who heard.

November 12, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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