Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Manmohan's speech

To give a rough idea of what the PM said at the joint session of the US Congress, here's the number of times each of the following words was mentioned:-

Terror 11
Democracy 28
Global 14
Partner 12
Poverty 03

A few passages I especially liked in his speech:

"Our elections are conducted under the supervision of a statutory independent Election Commission, which has earned respect for its fairness and transparency, both at home and abroad. " - One other thing that the US can outsource to India? :)

"The Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi called for universal adult franchise as early as 1931, long before India became independent. " ... and well before it was granted in the US of A.

"We know that those who resort to terror often clothe it in the garb of real or imaginary grievances. We must categorically affirm that no grievance can justify resort to terror... We must fight terrorism wherever it exists, because terrorism anywhere threatens democracy everywhere."

"The United States was an early partner in this area, helping to establish agricultural universities and research institutions in India in the 1960s. It was an American, Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, who developed high yielding varieties of wheat in Mexico which were then adapted to Indian conditions in the Agricultural Universities you helped establish."
In his recent trip to UK, the PM was criticized for suggesting that India at least partially benefited from The British Empire. But I would go with an interpretation I read somewhere in the press that the PM is being mature enough to accept the shades of gray - and not be held hostage by our history.

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