OBAMA’S SIRI FORT ADDRESS ON DAY 3
Beginning his speech with “Namaste”, US President Barack Obama declared, “India and US are not just natural partners but I believe America can be India’s best partner.”
Obama was addressing a gathering of about 2,000 students at the Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.
“When we were born, people who looked like us couldn’t even vote in our country… Young people like you have to speak up: President Obama at Siri Fort Townhall… Young women today are part of new generation making your voice heard, standing up, determined to play your part in India’s progress… Our world is strongest when we uphold dignity of all, including our women… The US supports India’s inclusion as a permanent member in the UN Security Council… Countries like India need to embrace cleaner fuels to tackle climate change… World without nuclear weapons should be goal for us… No society is immune by the darkest impulses of man. More often, religion has been used to tap into it… Every person has a right to practice the faith he chooses… The peace we seek in world begins in human heart… India is defined by diverse cultures, creed, languages… Nowhere is it going to be more necessary to uphold religious faith than in India.”
“In recent years, India has lifted more people from poverty than any other country… Together, India & US can work towards human trafficking, climate change issues, cleaner energy… We live in countries where a grandson of a cook can become President & son of a tea-seller can become PM… There’ve been moments in my life when I’ve been treated differently because of my skin colour… India will succeed so long it is not splintered on religious lines… Young Indians are going to shape not only India but the world… I want more Americans to come to India and more Indians to US… I am the first US President to visit India twice. I promise I won’t be the last. We believe in promise and people of India.”
As US President Barack Obama left India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his visit has taken the bilateral relations to a new level.
“Farewell @WhiteHouse! Your visit has taken India-USA ties to a new level & opened a new chapter. Wish you a safe journey,” Modi tweeted after Obama took off for Saudi Arabia.
The White House also thanked Modi and the Indian people for making the visit memorable.
“Thank you @NarendraModi for a memorable visit, and to the Indian people for their warm welcome,” the White House said in a tweet, which was re-tweeted by Modi.