What Should President Obama do when he comes to India?
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WHAT SHOULD PRESIDENT OBAMA DO WHEN HE VISITS INDIA?
When President Obama does visit India, the first thing that should be done is to organize a nice and pleasant tour for him. After all, India is such culturally rich and diverse country,and it would be a shame if he was unable to get a glimpse of India’s heritage.
President Obama should be taken to Maharashtra, not to see India’s Manhattan Mumbai, but to see the dry, caked land,caused due to a 3 degree Celsius rise in temperatures.He should be taken to Andhra Pradesh,not to see glorious Hyderabad,but to see farmers’ incomes decreasing even as India’s GDP nears the $1.5 trillion mark.He should be taken to Orissa,not to gaze at breathtaking Puri and Bhubhaneshwar,but to see how India’s flooding areas have more than doubled from 5% to 12%.He should be taken to West Bengal,not to see the colourful festivities of Durga pooja, but to to see how Bangladeshi migrants are flocking at the borders,afraid that their homes will be submerged before they are built.
Not a nice tour,you might say.But if India’s slums can storm the Oscars,why can’t the world’s future move the President?
As a senator,and presidential candidate,Barack Obama had been a revelation,rallying the voice of a whole nation,which did opt for change.Now,as the president of the United States of America,its his decisions which could change the earth’s future.
The destructive effects of climate change are more than just facing us,and have left us gasping for air-literally.The latest Copenhagen talks are approaching sham status.Walkouts have become the latest trend,and sacrifices are only for the heroes.Sadly,there are no heroes amongst us anymore.
Why is it so tough to see that drastic actions have to be taken?And quickly at that.Its lamentable to see that the USA is willing to cut emissions to 17% below 2005 levels-a sorry figure amounting to a dismal 4% below 1990 levels.
The USA, which produces almost a sixth of the world’s greenhouse gasses,had a GDP close to $14.2 trillion in 2008. Sure,the times are bad,the economy is reeling,and unemployment is rising. But what economy will be left when the floods decimate houses,tsunamis massacre the shores,droughts parch our throat,and rising temperatures kill man and beast? There won’t be a stock market to boom or crash,no banks to provide a loan to restart the world;no expansionary policy will be able to propel man out of the trenches of Nature’s recession.And if any economists are left,their precious hindsight will be of little use.
David Hawkins very aptly said-”We change the world not by what we say or do,but as a consequence of what we have become”. Man’s greed can’t be fulfilled anymore,and we need to look inside ourselves,and see what each one of us has become.
So, what should President Obama do when he visits India? He should make us believe that the world has a future. That yes,we can save the world from ourselves. That if given the choice between our children and a vault of gold,we will make the right choice.