Obama: the only United States president who knew how to make dal

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2017

Obama said he has become "obsessed" with the way news is handled and consumed, particularly by the young.

He, however, praised former prime minister Manmohan Singh in the same breath. He said that Singh was the primary partner while they were working during the financial meltdown, and Modi was the primary partner during the making of Paris accord.

Referring to a "counter-narrative" to tolerance in the US, Europe and India, Mr. Obama also said, "For a country like India where there is a Muslim population that is successful, integrated and considers itself as Indian - which is not the case in some other countries, this should be nourished and cultivated". This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Obama had left the White House in January. People see the differences between each other much too vividly and miss the commonalities.

Obama also spoke at length on terrorism.

When terror struck Mumbai in November 2008, he said, "the USA was as obsessed as India" to dismantle the terror network.

"There are all sorts of specific issues that I am going to continue to work on and plan to lend my voice to, to focus the rest of my career on", he said, mentioning the challenges of climate change, inequality, gender disparities and the fight against the "forces of discrimination and tribalism".

Though he did not name the current US President, Obama did make some veiled references. "Have a little bit of an edit function ... think before you speak, think before you tweet".

The 44th US president, who visited India twice between 2009 and 2017 and was visiting for the first time since demitting office, said, "There's a counter-narrative taking place, at all times, but it's particularly pronounced now... in Europe, US and sometimes in India where those old tribal impulses reassert themselves under leaders who try to push back and under leaders who try to exploit them".

Obama was asked who reflected the real America, Donald Duck or Donald Trump?

The 44th United States president, who held office between 2009 and 2017, had made similar comments during a public interaction on the last day of his 2015 visit, which had come against the backdrop of controversy over religious conversions.

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