US President Obama began his speech in Hindi with ‘Namaste’ and ‘Dhanyawaad’.
The US President Obama had expressed hope that America can be India’s “best partner” for a better tomorrow.
He said, “I bring the friendship from the American people to India.”
While complimenting over the role of Indians in the world, Obama invoked Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi in his speech.
He said, “India represents an intersection of two people who inspire me – Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. Those two great souls are why we can gather here today. Indians & Americans are equal and free.”
US President Obama had appreciated India for lifting more people from poverty than any other country. In an effort to connect with the youth, Obama said that our nations must empower young people. He said, “Prejudices and stereotypes are what happen to old minds.”
Obama had asserted that religious intolerance should be scrapped for the progress of the nations.
He said, “India will succeed as long as it’s not splintered along religious lines.”
He also said, “India would succeed so long as all Indians celebrate the successes of Shah Rukh Khan, Milkha Singh and Mary Kom alike. Around the world we have seen intolerance by those who say they are protecting their faith but are in fact against it.”
Obama had also presented his example and said that he had to face differentiation because of the colour of his skin.
He said, “There have been times where my faith has been questioned by people who don’t know me, or said that I belong to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing.”