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ashdoc 02-06-2015 02:05 PM

Obama claims that acts of religious intolerance in India would have shocked Gandhi

President Barack Obama has said religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi.

In his National Prayer Breakfast address in Washington on Thursday, Mr. Obama said that India was “full of magnificent diversity – but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs.”

Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited India as guests at the country’s Republic Day celebrations last month.

The United States president said acts of intolerance in India “would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.”

Mr. Obama is a long-time admirer of Gandhi, the architect of India’s non-violent independence movement. The president visited the memorial to Gandhi in Delhi during his three-day visit to India’s capital last month.

In his final speech during the visit, Mr. Obama said that India would only succeed if it didn’t “splinter along religious lines.”

Many interpreted his comments about religious divisions in the world’s largest democracy as a warning to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has roots in one of the country’s most influential hardline Hindu nationalist groups, the RSS.

Some critics say his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, is trying to advance a religious agenda and erode secularism in India, where over 80% of the population is Hindu and around 13% is Muslim.

The White House tried to tamp down suggestions that Mr. Obama’s final public comments in India were a parting shot to Mr. Modi after a visit.

Phil Reiner, National Security Council Senior Director for South Asian Affairs, said after the visit that Mr. Obama’s remarks in India needed to be seen in context of the entire speech.

“The speech was about how both the United States and India have these core democratic values and principles that allow us to continue to provide for all of our people,” Mr. Reiner said at a news conference in Washington earlier this week. “And this is actually something that I would point to, that Prime Minister Modi himself spoke to just the night before in his remarks to the business summit. I don’t believe that this was a parting shot by any means. This was simply the President speaking to what makes us great democratic nations.”

In remarks at the yearly gathering in the U.S. capital Wednesday, Mr. Obama praised the ability of religion to lift people up and inspire good deeds, and condemned what he said was a distortion of faith by groups like Islamic State.

“We see faith driving us to do right. But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge, or worse, sometimes used as a weapon,” Mr. Obama said.

ashdoc 02-06-2015 02:10 PM

Obama is clearly snubbing India and Prime minister Modi whom he met recently . He seems to be harking to his islamic roots ( his father was muslim ) in his attitude towards India .

Knaur 02-07-2015 12:20 PM

I wonder how many know that after Gandhi's assassination, his peaceful followers instigated massive anti-Brahmin riots killing heaps of innocent people as his assassin was a Marathi Brahmin.

ashdoc 02-07-2015 05:29 PM

Charles Krauthammer attacks Obama for dragging India in his speech---


US President Barack Obama's statements on rising intolerance in India has angered some in the United States too. Indians have already expressed their outrage at Obama's statement by terming it as an unnecessary intervention in a country's affairs. Some also termed the National Prayer Breakfast speech another potshot at the Narendra Modi-led government.

Taking to a radio programme, influential Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer lambasted Obama for dragging India into a sermon on intolerance with Syria and Iraq. He said that Obama's speech was a combination of the banal and the repulsive.

"What the hell is he doing bringing India into this? I mean, it's the first time I've heard India drawn into this discussion. Here he is essentially insulting, and it's because it's a Hindu country. It's not Muslim. I mean, he'll say in the name of Christ. He won't say in the name of Muhammad and in the name of Allah. He won't use those words. And then he goes after India, which is probably our strongest, most stable, most remarkable, democratic ally on the planet, considering all the languages and religions that it harbours. It has the second-largest Muslim population on Earth. And yet he goes after it as a way of saying hey, everybody here is at fault. They are not at fault," he told radio host Hugh Hewitt.

"This is a combination of the banal and the repulsive. The banal is the adolescent who discovers that well, man is fallen, and many religions have abused their faith and used it as a weapon. This is what you discover when you're 12, or 17, and what you discuss in the Columbia dorm room. He's now bringing it to the world as a kind of a revelation, and he does it two days after the world is still in shock by the video of the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot as a way of saying hey, what about Joan of Arc? I mean, this is so distasteful"

Krauthammer virtually hammered Obama for underplaying the barbarism that "we saw with the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, and to make everybody believe that this is really nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "The Crusades ended 800 years ago. There's not a big inquisition going on today. Joan of Arc was not yesterday. The Jordanian pilot was two days ago."

Knaur 09-06-2017 07:19 AM

Call it Karma, where is Obama now? Modi is now THE world leader, sure he won't get a Nobel Peace Prize though 🤣🤣

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