Former US President Barack Obama has said that he has a special place in his heart towards India as he grew up listening to Ramayana and Mahabharata. Barack Obama said this in his book ‘A Promised Land’. Barack Obama wrote in his book that his childhood was spent in Indonesia and he grew up listening to the verses of Ramayana and Mahabharata there.
Praising India, Barack Obama wrote in his book ‘A Promised Land’ that India is a very large country and lives on one-sixth of the total population of the world and has more than 2000 sects and more than 700 languages are spoken. Obama has said that he never visited India before becoming President in 2010 but he has a special place in his thinking towards India.
Obama further writes in his book, maybe all of this (a special place for India) is because I spent my childhood in Indonesia listening to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, or because I am interested in the eastern region, or because of a group of Indian and Pakistani friends in college who taught me how to make dal and minced meat and drew my attention to Bollywood films.”
In “A Promised Land”, Barack Obama has recounted events ranging from his visit beginning with the US presidential election in 2008 to becoming president and killing Osama bin Laden in his first term in Abbottabad, Pakistan. This first of Obama’s book “A Promised Land” is being released today and the second edition may also come soon.