India Needs to Cherish and Nurture its Muslims: Obama

India is a multicultural country, which needs to embrace all its citizens to become a nation which is at the forefront of development, said former American President Barack Obama at Hindustan Times (HT) Leadership Summit recently held in New Delhi

India Needs to Cherish and Nurture its Muslims Obama
India Needs to Cherish and Nurture its Muslims Obama

Development is inclusive, sustainable and imbibing. Real progress, development and empowerment of a society includes economic, social, political and cultural and many more. India’s diverse culture, vibrant democracy large population, fastest growing economy and multi-cultural and multi-ethnic identity can make India a unique country and civilisation in history.

India within themselves, politically is trying to stay united, but are they trying the best they can? Obama says that the idea needs to be reinforced, and he had maintained the same approach in 2015 when he last came to India. Back in 2015, he had clearly respected the right to practice one’s own faith.

There’s a counter narrative taking place, at all times, but it’s particularly pronounced now… in Europe, US and sometimes in India where those old tribal impulses reassert themselves under leaders who try to push back and under leaders who try to exploit them,” Obama said.

Recognition of politicians being a reflection of the forces in society was clearly outlined too. Obama clearly made it a point to get the public to change their views on falling prey to divisions and take matters into their own hands when it comes to unity.

Muslims make 14.2% of total population and they comprise 25% of the total population in many states including Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, etc.

Obama in the HT Leadership Summit also hailed India and USA’s relationship. He even compared India being similar to USA as both nations have people of different races, cultures and languages.

The former president of USA had clearly mentioned about democracy being under threat. A key point to be made in his speech was how America being the oldest democracy and India being the world’s largest democracy should unite and help protect democracy.

With technology being an integral part of society, Obama outlined that technology should be embraced but not in a negative way of changing the future youth.

Obama clearly changed America, and will always be part of democracy around the world. In his closing statements he spoke about his love for Indian food and how he has mastered the dal. India’s food and culture does have that effect on people, if India becomes united it can go far ahead compared to many countries.