Friday, November 5, 2010

Obama's trip to India: economy, counterterrorism, and Gandhi

President Barack Obama leaves on his multi city tour of Asia today. First stop -- India. He'll stay at the Taj Hotel, site of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, and meet with some of the victims' families. Between meetings with business leaders who want freer trade with the U.S. and Indians concerned about America's close relationship with Pakistan, Obama will squeeze in a visit to Gandhi's home.

The American president has said if he could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, he'd pick Gandhi - which should come as no surprise to readers of his memoir, Dreams of My Father, where he cites the Indian icon as an inspiration to him and his other hero: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The BBC's Tinku Ray tells us what Indians are hoping to gain from Obama's visit.

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