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Why India is proud of Obama’s win

The people of India have reasons to rejoice more over Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential elections. He is a true lover of Mahatma Gandhi as well as India. Oh, he looks more Indian than an American. Isn’t it?

Obama is a man of peace and progress. He is secular in the true sense of the term. Brilliant and bright, he is all set to prove himself to be the second Abraham Linocoln. His first address to his supporters gives a broad hint about his plans to work not only for the welfare of America but the entire humankind.

SADHNA and RAMA, Amritsar

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Barack Obama and McCain fought a bitter battle to enter the White House, the most powerful presidency in the world. At the end, Democrat Barack Obama clinched a convincing victory and Republican McCain lost. Remarkably, President-elect Obama was humble in victory and the defeated McCain was gracious in defeat. The latter did not show any rancour or bitterness towards the victorious. Instead, he spoke glowingly about the qualities of his rival and wished him well for the sake of America. This is true democracy.

Will our wrangling politicians who nurse grudges long after the battle is over and continue to use undignified language about the rivals long after the battle has been lost or won, learn the good things that the Americans do?

R.J. KHURANA, Bhopal


Obama’s victory holds promise and hope to all, not just Blacks. This is the first time that voters have legitimised African-American citizen and the US stands tall before the world. The dream of Dr Martin Luthar King Junior’s thinking that man is judged not by the colour of his skin but by his character has been fulfilled.

Time will tell whether Obama would be able to handle the economic crisis but he should not forget that he is going to shoulder the hopes and aspirations of millions of people. Indians do hope that during Obama’s stint in the White House, the Indo-US relations will be further strengthened economically and socially.



This is a historic win for Obama, the Americans and the democracy. A citizen gets elected to the top post purely on merit, irrespective of the colour of his skin and other considerations. Most important, there is no place for dynasty rule in the US. And the people of US have proved that they are ready for change.

Apparently, people across the countries have too much expectation from Obama in the light of the economic turmoil that is affecting them.

Dr RAJIV KUMAR, Chandigarh


By electing Obama, an Afro-American, as their 44th President, the Americans have given us hope to believe that India too will put aside considerations like caste, creed, tribe, region, language and religion and vote for change and progress in the ensuing elections to some state assemblies and the Lok Sabha next year.

The Americans have stunned the world and so will Indians in the next general elections. As the sacrifices of people like Dr Martin Luther King Jr have not gone waste and bear fruit, so will Mahatma Gandhi’s.



While Obama has made all the right noises about the India-United States strategic partnership, some aspects of his campaign rhetoric have been disturbing. He has spoken of fiscal disincentives to curb outsourcing. More ominously, he has spoken of appointing an American special envoy to resolve the so-called “Kashmir question”.

For a decade now, since the Kargil war, the Kashmir issue has ceased to bother Washington. In seeking to resurrect it, Obama is doing nobody a favour. He has been elected to solve America’s problems. Let that remain his primary focus.

J.S. ACHARYA, Hyderabad

Scrap Fringe Benefit Tax

While introducing the Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) and the Cash Withdrawal Tax (CWT), Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said, “I shall withdraw these taxes if they fail to achieve their purpose”.

Now it is proved that the two taxes are illogical and have failed to serve their intended purpose. Though the CWT is to be withdrawn from next year, Mr Chidambaram has not taken steps to withdraw the FBT. Why? Just because it will prove that he wrongly introduced both taxes?

M. KUMAR, New Delhi



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