Obama`s speech to par reflects India`s uniqueness

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has struck a personal chemistry with President Barack Obama, tonight said the US leader`s speech in Parliament reflected the uniqueness of India as a functioning democracy.

On Board PM`s Special Aircraft: Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, who has struck a personal chemistry
with President Barack Obama, tonight said the US leader`s
speech in Parliament reflected the uniqueness of India as a
functioning democracy.

"His speech to our Parliament, his idea of India that
he talked about in his speeches, is a reflection of the
uniqueness of India as a functioning democracy, committed to
the rule of law, committed to respect for fundamental human
freedoms and yet managing to grow at a respectable rate,"
Singh told reporters on his way back from G-20 summit in
Seoul.

He was responding to a question about how he would
describe his sharing a close relationship with former
President George W Bush as also President Obama.

"Well I have answered that question several times
before. I think President Bush, when the first time I met him,
he introduced me to his wife and said, `Laura, do you know of
any other country of 1.2 billion people committed to
democracy, committed to respect for fundamental human freedom,
committed to the rule of law and yet doing well in terms of
the development agenda.`"

He said it was India`s attractiveness with all its
complexities of caste, of religion, that it remains a
functioning democracy and managing to grow at 8-9 per cent
growth rate.

"So it is really a tribute to India that attracted
George Bush and same thing I find in President Obama.," Singh
said.

PTI

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