If the visiting O word President from the United States utters the P word, we cry foul. And if he doesn’t, we cry murder. Barely twelve hours after the President landed, media sulked and complained, “He hasn't mentioned the P word.”
I mean why should he? Has he come here for Pak bashing?
I am dead sure that the P word country must be whining, “Why hasn’t he uttered the K word?” The P country, they say depends on three A words. Allah, Army and America.
Why do we forget the fact that nations do not have morals? Nations have interests.
The Indian media rambled and ranted. And finally a young girl with the G word (guts ) put Obama in a tight spot by asking a direct question on the P word. The lion walked straight into the net. Poor O! He ran in circles for full ten minutes and said nothing substantial. No wonder he is a Big O - Orator. After all, he is an erstwhile professor.
He harped on the D word. He stated how India and the United States were the oldest and biggest democracies. He showered praises, confessing that the M word has been his inspiration. Manmohan? No. He is the Guru. Michelle? No. She is accompanying him to show her deft moves. I loved the way she danced with the kids.
The President was referring to Mahatma Gandhi. This beating around the bush is referred to as the D word - Diplomacy.
The media was abuzz. We are a curious nation. We love to speculate. The bespectacled Arnab was hyperventilating and behaving more like the Hindi channel Aaj Tak. Trying to spice up his debate, he insisted, “Why hasn’t Obama denounced the T word?”
Did he come all the way to denounce terrorism?
Wallowing in its own economic misery, Obama is visiting India for an all together different T word - Trade. He landed in the commercial capital of the country and not in the political one. He did not bring the Secretary of State, Hillary. Instead, on board the Air Force One were the top US business leaders.
The O word President is a worried man. The reason is another O word – Outsourcing. India’s B word silicon city has outsourced most of the jobs. More so, that chop-shop I word company.
We have to realize three things.
First, that Obama has not come here for Pak bashing. In diplomacy real action takes behind the scenes. I am sure that the K word, the P word and the T word, all would be discussed behind closed doors. Not in the media.
Next, the world has changed to an extent that the twenty first century is called China’s century. Above all, with almost trillion dollars worth of its Treasury bonds being held by China, the US is more worried about the C word - China.
And last but not the least we have to deal with our own C word – Corruption.