February 2, 2015 1:10:59 am
Quest asked school students about their views on the US President’s visit to India as the chief guest on Republic Day. The students spoke before Barack Obama arrived in the country
On January 26, 1950, the Indian Constitution came into being. This January 26 will mark a new chapter in Indo-US ties. As US President Barack Obama comes to India on Republic Day, the country will be set in all its colours to welcome its guest of honour. Obama will bring along opportunities of trade, which will help boost the economy of the country in the coming years. This will be a good chance to portray our potential to the world and offer a platform to global business leaders to interact on Indian soil. -Isha Chaudhary, IX-B, St Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri
The visit of US President Barack Obama on Republic Day will help the two nations forge close ties in all spheres. India has huge potential. And Obama’s visit will help tap this potential. As the chief guest on Republic Day, Obama is sure to enjoy the rich cultural diversity of the country. -Pratham Chauhan, ASN Sr Sec School, Mayur Vihar
It is great news that Barack Obama will be the guest of honour at this year’s Republic Day parade. This is an indication that bilateral ties between India and the US are strengthening and the countries are developing a more cordial relationship. Keeping up to the tradition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, it has always been a pleasure for India to invite guests from around the world and it has been a good step to invite the President of one of the most developed and powerful nations of the world. It is a good decision, both economically and politically. -Shruti Venkat, XI,
Rukmini Devi Public School, CD block, Pitampura
The visit of US President Barack Obama as the chief guest at the celebrations of India’s Republic Day is a historic moment for India. The relationship between India and the US is at its all-time high currently. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition of making India a world power, both politically and economically, better ties between the two nations will help them both equally. While India needs the support of the US to put pressure on Pakistan to eliminate terrorism, US also sees India as a big market for its goods and services. In my opinion, India must make full use of this opportunity and push its agenda of getting the support of US in fighting terrorism and attracting more investment. Otherwise, it will become just a photo-op between two powerful world leaders. -Nayesha Gandotra,
Amity International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon
Barack Obama is due to come to India for the Republic Day celebrations and witness one of the world’s largest parades. It’s the first time a US President will attend the parade. I personally feel that till the end of January 2015, security forces need to remain on high alert. Obama will get to see the tapestry of culture that India offers. His visit will also forge closer ties between the two nations. Narendra Modi, our newly elected Prime Minister, has proved himself not to be a passive leader despite having been denied a visa by the US 10 years ago. Modi proved his charismatic persona when he visited the US last year. The visit by the US President will help India bolster growth and fight terrorism. The recent attacks in Nigeria, Pakistan and France show countries like India and US can be targeted. If the two countries join hands for economic and defence cooperation, both can move to greater heights. It is hoped the two leaders will discuss developing smart cities in India and relaxing visa procedures for NRIs in the US. This visit is a strong symbol, especially for our neighbours, as India’s most popular leader joins hands with the world’s most powerful leader. -Nidhi Nagpal, X-A, Amity International School, Sector 43, Gurgaon
India is my country and I am proud to be an Indian. Like all other Indians across the globe, I’m proud of my country too. It gives me great sense of pride to know anything that brings my nation on the top or is a showcase of its development. I take pride in each and every achievement of my country — my India. It is an honour for each citizen of our country that US President Barack Obama accepted our invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade on January 26. Obama’s visit to India is an emphatic sign of India’s success and achievement in the past few decades. His visit signifies India’s presence on the world stage. This signifies India’s recognition as a strong leader globally. During his visit, India would look forward to strengthening our relationship with the US so as to support the growth of our country through mutually favorable ventures. The citizens of the country would like a strong message from the US President against increasing threat to human lives because of growing terrorism across the world. I sincerely hope the visit of the US President makes a difference to the country as a whole.– Simran Gauba, IX-D, St Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri
In my opinion, it is very essential to forge closer ties with the world’s superpower for a progressing and developing country like India. Barack Obama’s visit — and that too on such a special occasion as Republic Day — mirrors his interest in India. Like in the 1990s, when the country was opening up to globalisation allowing new technology to flow in, once again we have something new to look from them.The visit will also send a strong message to those supporting terrorism. The visit also reflects the US President’s interest in India’s demography and its market. It also creates prospects for India’s neighbours to join hands with us for the overall development of the subcontinent. -Sunaje Bhushan, XI, Abhinav Public School, Pitampura
US President Barack Obama is all set to arrive in India as the chief guest during the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, a sign of steadily expanding ties between the two countries. This ought to be a proud moment for the country when an American President will be the chief guest at India’s national day for the first time. The advance team of the Secret Service is already in India and working in tandem with Indian security agencies to work out security arrangements across the venues on the President’s itinerary. The American President is arguably the most powerful man on earth. Friendly ties with the US will greatly contribute towards the growth and development of India. They should also be made to see the greatness and hardwork of Indians and their history and culture. Obama will definitely enjoy the wonderful Republic Day processions. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (Guest is God) has been the motto of Indians and will definitely continue to be. The President’s stay in our country must be his best. -Akshat Aggarwal, XI-A, Amity International School, Sector 46, Gurgaon
US President Barack Obama is very excited to attend the Republic Day parade, and so are we. PM Narendra Modi, the man of action, described by Obama himself, has sent an invitation to him to be a part of our Republic Day celebrations. I think it would be an honour for all of us to see two great world leaders share the Republic Day stage together and enjoy the beautiful parade. Also, frequent meetings of the two leaders will enhance and promote world unity. The President of the world’s superpower visiting a fast-developing country is certainly a matter of pride. This January 26 is definitely going to be a proud and memorable day for all of us. -Navya Malik, XI-D,St Mark’s Sr Sec Public School, Janakpuri
Atithi Devo Bhava, the value-laden saying hasn’t yet lost its essence. With Republic Day being celebrated with great pomp and show every year, this time it would probably be the most awaited one since American President Barack Obama would be witnessing the spectacular event. The visit will deepen ties between India and America and strengthen the Indo-US strategic partnership. It will enable sustained momentum to bilateral cooperation and help in creating a long-term framework for Indo-US global strategic partnership. It would be like an investment with long-term benefits. It would also be an overwhelming experience for the American President to witness the beautiful parade depicting India’s rich culture and ‘Unity in diversity’. Hope it creates a new history in the millennium.
Saumya Kamdar, XI-C, Rukmini Devi Public School,CD block, Pitampura
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to be a global leader and the proof of this is the invitation to US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at the Republic Day function. Obama will be the first US President to visit India as chief guest for the Republic Day parade. The visit by the US President can be judged in the context of America’s search for friends in Asia and the Pacific region.
Obama believes that India — an anchor of peace and stability in the entire Asia-Pacific region — has a major role to play in the global political scenario in the decades to come. In Modi, he has found an Indian leader who is willing to walk the talk to realise the common goals of the two countries. It will be significant to watch whether Modi takes up global issues including terrorism, disagreements on points relating to WTO, India-Pakistan relations, etc. To conclude, it is for sure India eagerly awaits the visit of the First and the most powerful citizen of the world and will join hands together — as reflected by “Chale Saath Saath” — to resolve some of the pressing problems of the world. Udita Chatterjee, XI-D, St Mark’s Sr Sec Public School, Janakpuri
This year on the occasion of Republic Day, US President Barack Obama has been invited as the chief guest. I think Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly thought of inviting Obama as the chief guest as not only Americans but Indians too consider Obama as their idol. But this time I feel India will have to spend a lot of money on his security because of the threat from terrorists based in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc. Despite all this, I think Obama’s visit will make this year’s Republic Day memorable for all Indians as we are expecting some key agreements to be signed between the US and India.– Shreya Taluja, VII-D, ASN Sr Sec School, Mayur Vihar
A historic celebration of democracy shall take place on Republic Day as the world’s biggest democracy opens its arms to the world’s oldest democracy when the President of the United States, Mr Barack Obama, will attend the Republic Day celebration as the honoured chief guest. More importantly, this is the first time when a US President will be the chief guest on Republic Day.
This brilliant political coup by Prime Minister Narendra Modi could open doors for India to further strengthen economic and bilateral relations with the United States. Apart from the celebrations, this meeting between the two leaders shall also seek to resolve issues such as climate change, military cooperation, investment and promote manufacturing under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of our PM. The world is waiting with bated breath to witness this mega event and also eagerly looks forward to the outcome of the meeting between two great leaders.
Namrata Narayan, X, Amity International School,Sector 43, Gurgaon
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