Government Making Plans To Take Obama To Varanasi During India Visit
The sources in the Government are saying that there could be a visit to Varanasi by President Barack Obama on his visit to India next month. The US President will be the Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations of India on the 26th of January 2015. The Obama administration and the Indian Government under the astute leadership of Narendra Modi are working out plans to see if they can fit a visit to Varanasi in his tight schedule during next month’s visit to India.
Varanasi is Prime Minister Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency and the Government wants to take President Obama to the constituency. The Obama administration also has shown interest in the visit to Varanasi, but the two sides are finding it difficult to create room in his busy schedule to accommodate the visit. Apart from a tight schedule, the logistical constraints are also an issue. Prime Minster was able to pull off a diplomatic coup when he was able to persuade President Obama to visit India and be the chief Guest on January 26th.
The sources in the Government feel that the keenness shown by the Government to take Obama to Varanasi is mainly due to Prime Minister’s view that foreign partners visit to the nation need not always be “Delhi centric” and can go beyond to other parts of the country and also beyond considerations between the foreign ministry administrators.
The President of the United States has a heavy official business during his visit to India and he will also be participating in a state banquet hosted by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. One of the main problems that might deter the visit of Obama to Varanasi is that the airport at Varanasi is a bit small for the US President’s official airline Air Force One and the city is also very much a congested one.
But, Modi is a Prime Minster who is a bit different from other Prime Minister’s of India and he would try to somehow persuade President Obama to visit his Lok Sabha consistency. Prime Minister Modi was responsible for making the Chinese President Xi Jinping start his trip to India from Varanasi.
There are even reports that he wanted Russian President Vladmir Putin to visit the nuclear plant at Kudankulam on his recent visit to India as this was built in collaboration with Russia. But, the plan had to be dropped later due to a technical fault at the plant and also due to problems back home.