Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congratulations America

Heck, Barack Obama might be a once in a generation orator, but for any Western country, or any country for that matter to elect a member of the minority (yes, yes, he is half-white) as their leader is a tremendous achievement. Yes, he might have been helped by the tanking economy, but this was a comprehensive victory in all respects. Is he good for India or bad for India? Well, I'm sure there will be way too much analysis on that topic for a while on the TV channels, but he has some things to fix in America first. Of course, we didn't exactly help our case when our (unelected) Prime Minister told George W that we all 'love him'. I don't know how good or bad Barack Obama will be as a President of the United States, but I'm jealous of Americans today that they got a chance to vote for inclusion. We on the other hand in 2009 will have hardly any choice... a prince annointed against his will whose rural image doesn't quite gel with the hard spending man at Wasabi, a man with half a foot in his grave and another one in his mouth (the BJP's simple strategy for the 2009 elections should be keeping quiet) and a woman surviving on divisiviness and others whose politics is that of poverty, that is keeping people there.

NYT has a great piece on the Obama campaign.

7 comments:

procynic said...

India is completely inclusive. We have Presidents from all possible social groups.
Our PM is from a minority. His mommy's birthplace is furtherwest from India than Hawaii is from California and the 'heir apparent' is Part-Kashmiri,Part-Parsi(?),Part-Italian....

Anonymous said...

Hey K! You're just such an amazing writer.. have kinda got addicted to your blog! U work in Mumbai or Delhi?

- A newbee journo

Anonymous said...

oh.. and yes one more thing.. I recently finished reading 'The Sicilian' by Puzo and for some strange reason i find you soooo much like Turi Giuliano!

GBO said...

I wonder, will all the black despising Muslim hating desis now leave the US, given that Obama Hussain Barack is the new man in charge?

Anonymous said...

I was watching from 4 am and felt among Indian networks Times Now had the best coverage followed by CNN-IBN. NDTV's coverage was nothing to write about. As for the best coverage obviously it was on CNN with all that star wars stuff!

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GBO said...
"I wonder, will all the black despising Muslim hating desis now leave the US, given that Obama Hussain Barack is the new man in charge?"

Come on GBO is that more repulsive than daily racial abuses these Desis take in their stride happily so that they can shamelessly live the American dream???

Anonymous said...

I can't beieve that crap like this gets written:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/what-india-wants-an-obamalike-precedent/77602-2-p0.html

It seems that everyone is obsessed with the longest serving political dynasty in Indua.

- Srini