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Americans in Bangalore to jig as Obama takes over

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 18:24 IST

Americans living in India's tech hub will clink wine glasses and do a jig or two Tuesday evening to celebrate the historic moment of Barack Obama taking oath as the first Black president of the US.

"Of course, we will celebrate the historic moment, though not in a big way. We are going to catch all the action of Obama's inaugural ceremony live despite the event taking place far away when it's midnight here," US Commercial Service specialist Leonard Roberts told IANS Monday.

"About 30 employees of our office will take part in the celebration, most of whom are American natives," Roberts said.

The commercial service wing of the US embassy helps American firms export goods and services to India.

The Obama celebrations will begin in India around 11 p.m. Tuesday as the swearing-in ceremony unfolds in Washington DC from 11.30 p.m. onwards.

"We're not having any official celebration to mark the occasion. But our employees will celebrate Tuesday on their own," said Madhu Naidu, branch secretary of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.

"We're hoping that Obama taking over as the 44th US president will bring about a huge change in the ailing US economy and the much-maligned foreign policy," said American software engineer Anna Libkhen, who works for an international financial firm in India's own Silicon Valley.

"He is a true statesman and will lead the country and the world towards prosperity and peace. Hence, Obama's swearing-in ceremony obviously needs to be celebrated."

Libkhen and her group of friends, mostly from America, have organised a get-together in a city restaurant Tuesday to celebrate Obama assuming the world's most powerful office.

"Obama is the person to bail out the world from economic crisis and stop unnecessary wars in various countries that broke during (outgoing) Republican President George W. Bush regime," said Eric Stuckey, a native of Michigan, and working as a software professional for an Amercian IT firm in Bangalore.

"His policies towards India are pragmatic and will help in building close strategic and economic partnership between the two countries. We are hopeful a new chapter will start between India and America during Obama's tenure," Eric said.