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Obama touched with ‘Slavery’
Published on 6 Nov. 2010 11:47 PM IST
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US President Barack Obama was “greatly touched” Saturday on being gifted a book, “Slavery”, by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal who said it had been penned 140 years ago by Indian social reformer Jyotirao Phule in admiration of the American people.
The book is titled “Slavery” (“Ghulamgiri” in Marathi) and written in 1873. Bhujbal attended the event at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel where Obama paid homage to victims of the November 2008 terrorist attack.
Bhujbal told Obama that Phule was the first social reformer in India and had “penned this book 140 years back and dedicated it to the people of America as a token of admiration for their sublime and self-sacrificing devotion in the cause of Afro-American slavery.”
President Obama, the first African American president of the US, said he was very much surprised and “greatly touched”, according to Bhujbal.
Obama arrived here Saturday at the start of a four-day India visit, focussed largely on the American hunt for markets and jobs, and his first halt was the Taj hotel which was ravaged by Pakistani terrorists two years ago.
He leaves for New Delhi Sunday.
India-US ties can create more jobs

PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi, ranked among the most influential global business leaders, Saturday said deeper ties between Indian and US companies can actually fuel job creation for both sides, than impact adversely.
A key member of the 200-plus American business delegation that is accompanying President Barack Obama on his four-day India visit, Nooyi said the two sides should collaborate thoughtfully to tap the huge potential for bilateral trade and investment.
“I am particularly pleased during this visit the president has taken the opportunity to reach out to business leaders from both countries,” she said ahead of a series of events here coinciding with Obama’s visit.
“I view that as a very positive step and as a clear sign that the president recognises and appreciates the important role businesses play in driving sustainable growth,” she added.
“The size and growth rate of India’s population alone and the demographic dividend it represents, both of these make India a terrific business opportunity for the United States.”
Nooyi’s remarks came against the backdrop of voices of protest in the US over market access for American goods and services in India as also against outsourcing of jobs overseas to companies in India and elsewhere.
Trade between the US and India more than doubled to $37 billion in 2009 compared with 2003, according to data available with the US Commerce Department, which has also been worried over the trade imbalance skewed in favour of India. In the first eight months of 2010, total trade topped $32 billion.

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