From Gandhi to Manmohan Singh, Obama's affection and concern for India shines through his book
WASHINGTON: From recalling "childhood years spent in Indonesia listening to the epic Hindu tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata," to musing about Mahatma Gandhi and his capacious philosophy and vision, to expressing respect for former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, US President Barack Obama's memoir A Promised Land, the first of two volumes of which is being released this week, voices unbridled affection and concern for India.
"I had never been to India before. But the country had always held a special place in my imagination.... Maybe it was because I'd spent part of my childhood in Indonesia listening to the epic Hindu tales of Ramayana and the Mahabharata, or because of my interest in Eastern religions, or because of a group of Pakistani Pakistani and Indian College friends who had taught me to cook dahl (sic) and keema and turned me on to Bollywood movies," Obama says in an introductory passage describing his 2010 visit to India.
But more than anything else, he writes, his fascination with India had to do with Mahatma Gandhi, who along with Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela, had profoundly influenced his thinking. "As a young man I studied his writings and found him giving voice to some of my deepest instinct, his notion of Satyagraha, or devotion to truth, and the power of nonviolent resistance to stir the conscience, his insistence on our common humanity," he says, regretting that India has not realized the Mahatma's vision of nation and society.
Obama also expresses admiration and respect for former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, describing him as the "chief architect of India's economic transformation" and "a self effacing technocrat who had won people's trust, not by appealing to the passions, but by bringing about higher living standards and maintaining a well earned reputation for not being corrupt."
Both while reflecting about Gandhi and his engagement with Dr Singh, the former US President wonders about not just the future of India, but also of the US, at a time the liberal order across the world is under siege from illiberal hypernationalism.
There is no reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the book and little about Donald Trump since the book ends with the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. A second companion volume is expected to follow.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/51340.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Disagree. MAUN mohan singh was ideologically corrupt. He prioritised a family ahead of nation. Endorsed pappu as PM candidate despite his calibre. Said Modi would be a disaster. MMS WAS CORRUPT.
Don’t forget his full name
Barack Hussein Obama
Does anyone know how Manmohan became India's Finance minister..let me tell you...He used to work for the IMF, under the guidance of Rothschild..and there was a time when India needed funds.and asked for a loan from IMF...And Manmohan's master put a condition, that Manmohan be made the Finance Minister..
His actions favored Pakistan more than India. What kind of love for India was that?
Obama’s concern for India and liking of India is acceptable but praising a corrupt Manmohan Singh is not at all acceptable. Manmohan Singh was the worst PM of India as far as co ption is concerned.
If people from world learns and studies ramayan mahabharat it will only benifit them. Hinduism is a gift to the world & best way of life. Hinduism is the only relegion which doesn’t forcefully convert people & force worship
Obama was biggest supporter of pakistan....let's not forget this.....
Why do we still crave for praise from USA when that country always uses Pakistan against India. USA helped Pakistan acquire nuclear bomb clandestinely by looking the other way. Pakistan was and still is important to USA to counter Shia Iran.
Its a shame that Obama respected Manmohan Singh who was the head of most corrupt Indian Government ever.
Manmohan Singh's Congress go nment was the most corrupt go nment to assume office in India.
He's comment about the mute MMS is laughable.
The whole world knew he was a puppet PM for Sonia.
Saurav Subrata Chatterjee
Sonia Gandhi had placed Maun-mohan Ji as *Caretaker of the Throne* until Rahul was capable enough.
Everytime i try reading his book puts me to sleep after 2 pages. Thank you Obama ji.
Wondering why he didnt said anything while he was in president's chair, now retired and wrote a book, mentioning few lines about India, will get him billion people's attention and sell few more copies.
There was lot of expectations from President Obama, but he failed miserably. He was all talks but no actions, racism was his only weapon to win elections else '0'
He is fooling you all. All he is targeting 1.3B population to read his book. if can sell 1M copies in india, he would make lot of money out of it.