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Here’s What Obama Said About Manmohan Singh In His Memoir

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Former US President Barack Obama published the first of his two-part memoir, A promised land. In addition to his experiences in America as President, Obama also shared his thoughts and interactions with world leaders. He writes at length about talks at length about his interest in India, the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his relationship with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whom he calls a man “of unrivaled wisdom and decency. common ”.

While describing his interactions with Singh during his first visit to India in November 2010, Obama says he has developed a “warm and productive” relationship with the former prime minister.

“Soft-spoken economist in his sixties, with a white beard and turban which were the marks of his Sikh faith, but in the eyes of the West made him look like a holy man, he had been a minister India’s Finance Department in the 1990s, lifting millions out of poverty. During his tenure as Prime Minister, I would find Singh wise, thoughtful and scrupulously honest, ”he wrote.

“While he [Mr. Singh] could be cautious in foreign policy, unwilling to go too far ahead of an Indian bureaucracy that was historically suspicious of American intentions, our time together confirmed my initial impression of him as a man of unusual wisdom and decency; and during my visit to the capital of New Delhi, we concluded agreements to strengthen American cooperation in the fight against terrorism, global health, nuclear security and trade, ”added Mr. Obama.

Obama also explained how Singh’s popularity declined after the 11/26 attacks in Mumbai, due to his “restraint” against Pakistan.

“He [Mr. Singh] feared that the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment had strengthened the influence of India’s main opposition party, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), “Obama wrote, continuing to quote Mr. Singh:” uncertain times, Mr. President ”, said the Prime Minister,“ the call for religious and ethnic solidarity can be intoxicating. And it’s not that hard for politicians to exploit that, in India or elsewhere. “

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