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Hindustan khush hua!

Our surfer from Bahrain explains just why President Bush is a friend of India.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 14:08 IST

I would like to share some of my views on this week's thought aired by some news channels (e.g. Star News "Kuen karen Bush ko khush").

From his very important speech which President Bush delivered on his arrival in Delhi to the oneatPurana Qila and Hyderabad, I do not share the above thought of the media and news channels.

Instead of saying "Bush ko India kuen kare khush", I would say that "Bush ne kiya India ko khush".

I believe that his speech about India was the best ever presented by any other Presidents of the US. His speech contained such praiseworthy words about contemporary India that he has publicly acknowledged India as a world leader in all aspects.

He was very much focused and reminded us that our history, rich traditions and culture, and valued democracy are the best in the world and that is why Americans see India and Indians with great respect.

Therefore, we should feel proud about this.

I believe that his 35-minute speech was not a speech; rather it was a thesis about India's global contributions. He covered all aspects of democracy, peace, economic prosperity, India's pride, direction and future perspective of India's growth.

He touched upon, with great respect, India's pride: our leaders; the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, our great economist and the Prime Minister Dr Singh, Kalpana Chawla and tennis sensation Sania Mirza.

He has quoted four times the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. None of the foreign dignitaries, who have visited India in the past, have ever quoted Mahatma Gandhi so profusely, as Bush has. He did not touch upon the cardinal conflict issue of Kashmir.

He openly appreciated the contributions made by 2 millions Indians in America in the areas of business, education, technology, medicine, etc. He appreciated the role and contributions being made by 80,000 Indian students in the US universities. He appreciated the role of 300-million middle-class population in India for wanting to transform the socio-economic scenario of the country.

He touched upon the agricultural issues and development using the modern technology.

He has publicly declared that India is the US strategic partner not only in trade and economic fronts but also in maintaining world peace and bringing democracy in the world.

His presentation was so impeccable that intellectuals might have been taken aback and might have to change their perceptions about his personality.

Hence, I do not subscribe to the thoughts why India should make Bush happy. Rather it was Bush trying to make India happy.

I give 8.5/10 success ratingto Bush's visit to India.

(Bahrain-based Dr PL Joshi is a regular surfer of HindustanTimes.com and can be reached atprem@acadjoshi.com. The opinions expresses are entirely his own.)