Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a little weird that Obama has been singling out Communists the way he reportedly has, on more than one occasion during his trip to India:
“I am glad to meet an Indian communist. I am told that communists have been part of the (Indian) political mainstream,” Obama told CPM Politburo member Sitaram Yechury at the Rashtrapati Bhawan banquet as they were introduced and both shook hands.
Yechury told Obama that the Indian communists have been in the political mainstream “throughout”.
Marking a departure from their past practice, leaders and MPs of the CPM and CPI, known for their anti-US stance, had attended Obama’s speech in Parliament last evening.
They know a fellow traveler when they see one, huh?
Weasel Zippers also posted this report from The Times of India, yesterday: Curiouser and Curiouser: Obama Asks About India’s Communists at The Dinner Table?
The high table had the PM, Gursharan Kaur, the Obamas and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi. The only other person at the table was UPA-2’s chief trouble shooter Pranab Mukherjee whose presence only cements his status of being more than a few notches above the rest of his ministerial colleagues.
Obama is learn’t to have asked Mukherjee about the entry of communists in India into the parliamentary system in India. Mukherjee is understood to have pointed out that Indian communists were part of the mainstream and like social democrats. Sonia sat next to the PM while Obama was seated beside her. Next was Michelle and then Rahul while Mukherjee completed the circle. The conversation did not flag with Rahul proving to be a keen listener and nodding frequently to what Obama and the PM had to say.
Well, that’s apparently where he had heard about the success of Communists entering the mainstream in India, in which for some reason, he seems to have taken a keen interest.
Cross-posted at Nice Deb