Former US President Barack Obama says that he has a special place for India in his mind. This is because he has heard the epics of Hindu stories Ramayana and Mahabharata while living in Indonesia in the early years of childhood. He said these things in his book ‘A Promised Land’.
In the book, Obama says, “Maybe it was its (India) huge size.” Where one-sixth of the world’s population lives, there are an estimated two thousand different ethnic groups and more than seven hundred languages are spoken. ‘ Obama says that he had never visited India before as a President in 2010, but this country always holds a special place in his imagination.
Obama says, “Maybe it was because I spent a part of my childhood listening to the epic of Hindu stories Ramayana and Mahabharata in Indonesia, or because of my interest in Eastern religions or a group of college Pakistani and Indian friends, Who taught me to cook dal and minced meat and aroused interest in Bollywood films. ‘
In his book ‘A Promised Land’, Obama has written an account of the journey from the 2008 election campaign to the end of his first term. It mentions the incident in Abbottabad, Pakistan in which al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. ‘A Promised Land’ has two parts. The first part is available at bookstores around the world from Tuesday.
Mahatma Gandhi is the main reason for my attraction towards India: Obama
Obama said that the main reason for his attraction towards India was Mahatma Gandhi, whose “successful non-violent movement against British rule became a light of hope for other despised, marginalized groups”. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, however, regretted in his book that Indian great Gandhi was unable to successfully focus on the caste system or prevent the division of the country on the basis of religion.
Obama, who came to India twice as the President of the United States of America, said, ‘The biggest reason for my attraction towards India is Mahatma Gandhi. Along with (Abraham) Lincoln, (Martin Luther) King and (Nelson) Mandela, Gandhi greatly influenced my thinking. As a youth, I read his articles and found that he is giving voice to my innate knowledge. ‘
Obama wrote in the book, Gandhi started a non-violent movement against the British rule in 1915, which lasted more than 30 years, which not only helped in overcoming an empire and liberating most of the subcontinent, but the whole There was also a wave of morality in the world. The former president said, “This gave hope to other despised, marginalized groups, including black Americans.”