Obama feels Modi has a clear vision for India: White House

Washington (PTI): US President Barack Obama who has held meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at several occasions, has found in him a politician who is honest and has a clear vision for India, the White House has said.

“President Obama has found Prime Minister Modi to be somebody who is honest and direct, somebody who has good command of the facts, somebody who has a clear understanding of the issues that confront his country and our relationship,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.


On Monday Obama met Modi in Paris on the sidelines of the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit. This was the sixth meeting between the two leaders since the met first at the White House last September.

“He (Modi) also is somebody that has a clear vision for where he wants to take his country, and it makes him not just an effective politician, but an effective Prime Minister,” Earnest said.

“Obama certainly does respect Prime Minister Modi and has appreciation for his skills and abilities as a politician. He also is somebody who is given a very difficult challenge of sitting atop the world’s largest democracy,” he said.

“That’s not easy to work and it’s not easy work and the president of the US has special insight into how difficult it is,” he added.

Referring to the frequent meetings between the two leaders, Earnest said Obama had the opportunity to consult with Modi on a number of occasions.

“I think that isn’t just a testament to their good working relationship, it actually is a testament to the important issues that are at stake between our two countries and the ability of the leaders of our two countries to work through those issues and to advance our shared interests is a good thing,” Earnest said.

“It’s a good thing for the world, it’s also a good thing for the citizens of our two countries,” he said.

Responding to another question, the White House press secretary said he is not aware of any immediate visit of the Prime Minister to the White House, but did not rule it before the end of next year.

“I’m not aware of any meetings that are on the agenda at this point, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out another visit by Prime Minister Modi before the end of next year,: Earnest said.


  1. This article seems to be yet another press release from the globetrotter stable.

    The article is reproduced in various Indian newspapers and India-focused websites.

    But if you visit the actual US Government’s press briefings site/s, you find no mention of this anywhere.

    Why is the globetrotter busy creating an image for himself?

    Haven’t we had enough of an image of the globetrotter through the eyes of the Delhi, Bihar and Gujarat voters?

    The globetrotter, who never seems to speak a word to anyone, seems to have built his image entirely on the strengt of press releases.

  2. I am sick and tired of hearing what Modi is all about and how popular he is. Why I should hear this while the country is in such utter chaos. Whether Modi is popular or not, it does not solve India’s problems. Indians want jobs, price control, law and order, security for women, good health care, free flow of water & electricity, freedom of speech and writing etc. If Modi gives atleast 10% of this I will call him popular or anything he wants. Obama calls him popular because he wants some business. Obama is not worried whatever happens to Indians. let us not go by Obama’s statements(if he has made one). till late he and his stooges in Europe barred Modi from entering their territory. The moment he became PM, they came running for their share of pie. These are pure businessmen. They are not worried for any country or people except of their own. You may simply call them OPPORTUNISTS.

  3. Dear readers,

    Is it a climate change summit of political arena?

    Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia in his last visit US President Mr.Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely “profess, practice and propagate” religion.

    In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

    In an latest development Modi’s India suspended Greenpeace India’s ability to receive foreign funds and froze its bank accounts citing activities ranging from protests against nuclear and coal plants.Group has mounted a protest to block coal mining project in central India which Modi’s government to open for pro BJP private bidders.

    The Supreme Court has again criticised the poor progress of the Ganga Action Plan and asked the NDA government whether it would be able to complete the cleaning of the river in this term or in the next.

    When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was singing paeans from the Wembley stadium of London about how India is fitting in with the ease of doing business, back home, industrialists and businesspersons grappled with the implications of the newly imposed Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC). The Clean India cess, imposed from the middle of November, does not just belies the very core of ease of doing business but also signals the government’s complete disconnect from the realities of the day. The government’s new “cess raj” is not in sync with PM Modi’s idea of fiscal federalism as it bypasses the structure of taxes shareable between the Centre and state governments. What is more bizarre is, at a time when the economy needs lesser indirect taxation to trigger demand, the government has burdened consumers with policy-driven inflation via a steep hike in various indirect tax rates in the last two years.

    Swachh Bharat Cess-Cleaning India or Cleaning Pockets!!

    – See more at: http://taxguru.in/service-tax/swachh-bharat-cesscleaning-india-cleaning-pockets.html#sthash.Iq7J0t05.dpufhttp://taxguru.in/service-tax/swachh-bharat-cesscleaning-india-cleaning-pockets.html

    When Holy Ganga is yet to be saved, Policy paralysis government of Pro RSS Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had in April announced the Rs.50 crore project to Resurrecting the Saraswati mythological river mentioned in the Rig Veda.

    Pulling up official agencies for failing to curb pollution in the capital, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Wednesday directed the Delhi government to identify “critically polluted areas” so that “immediate advisories” can be issued to the public by Thursday.The civic authority remains central government responsibility. Not far away from Modi’s constituency of Varanasi the famous monument Taj Mahal is continue to lose sheen another metropolis Chennai is remaining in flood due to landfill over the canal once flowing water in and out during Tipu Sultan.

    A political compulsion even make us breath fly ash in our own districts. A clean air,water remains formidable task even after highest rainfall.

    Jai Hind

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