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Obama, Modi Have A ‘Tryst With Destiny’

Narendra Modi in the USA

Narendra Modi in the USA

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President Obama announced yesterday that he will be visiting India for the second time, and as the first U.S. President to attend India’s Republic Day, he has a ‘tryst with destiny’ that even he could not have imagined.

This is a rite de passage for both nations, made possible by the election of Prime Minister Modi, the vibrancy of the Indian people, and the long line of American diplomats who have kept alive the idea of India, including the recent push by the administration – VP Biden, Sec. Kerry, Sec. Clinton, and Sec. Hagel – all travelling to India on recent diplomatic missions.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, who shares the same alma mater with President Obama, Columbia University, must be smiling now from above.

PM Modi with US Senators and Congressmen at MSG on September 28, 2014

On the 65th anniversary of India’s constitution, January 26th, 2015, the largest populist democracy in the world, a visit from an American president, where “the Bill of Rights” was ratified 225 years ago, may be a fitting tribute to a triumphant experiment.

While they come from wildly different perspectives – PM Modi leads the Indian conservative party BJP and President Obama is the head the liberal DNC — the two leaders have a few rare things in common.

As a successful politician, you must know how to deal in “the art of the compromise.” Most of the governing process is about knowing “how to bake half-a-loaf” and to be “an eternal optimist.”

Here, President Obama may be able to transfer some lessons to Prime Minister Modi, whose job of reforming India will only become challenging –

This is the essence of great leadership. What more can you expect from an inspiring leader?

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