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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Obama made a pointed reference to Article 25

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India will succeed as long as it is not splintered along religious lines, U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Tuesday while addressing an audience of students and other invitees at the end of his visit to India.
His words, along with a pointed reference to Article 25 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees religious freedom, is seen as a strong statement against fundamentalism and extremism here and in the U.S. 
“Every person has the right to practise their faith as they choose, or no faith at all without fear or discrimination,” said Mr. Obama admitting he had often felt “treated differently” because of his background in the U.S.

Tweets: Obama devoted 5 mins of a 33 min speech to religious tolerance. 17% of his time, invoked Article 25. Quite significant

In the world of international diplomacy, often the gentlest of "proddings" are significant #Article25 #GharWapsi

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    However, holistically there is more substance to Mr. Obama’s 34-minute speech, set in the context of two emerging scenarios. First, the possibility that America can be “India’s best partner” in a whole range of activities including the ‘next wave’ of economic growth, and second, at a more personal level how India for Mr. Obama represents “an intersection of two men who have always inspired me” — Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi — in striving for equity and peace in a non-violent way.
    It is from this perceptual bedrock that the American President has sought to re-engage India on a much wider socio-political canvas of cultural pluralism and religious diversity under an overarching universal humanism.

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