Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, says Vaikundrajan. This would be Barack Obama’s second visit to India and he would be the first American president to be given the honour of Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade.
Barack Obama, the first African-American president, is extremely significant, says Vaikundrajan. On the onset, India has been declared as one of the fastest growing economies, replacing China, as per the World Bank. It would also give Mr Obama an idea as to Indian Prime Minester Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ plans which have scared a few western manufacturers. Mr Modi plans to improve the quality of inputs in India, to make us a stronger player.
The US President, will arrive in Delhi in the early hours of January 25 on a pack schedule, believes Vaikundarajan. He will be greeted by the Minister of State with Independent charge for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal who will be the ‘Minister in Waiting’ during his stay. On the same day, he will be at Rashtrapati Bhawan for Guard of Honour. After that he will visit Rajghat in the morning. Thereafter, both the head of states will be in Hyderabad House for summit meeting followed by press statements in the afternoon.
On Republic Day, Obama will be the Chief Guest at the Parade. In the evening both the head of states, interact with CEOs from both countries in the evening, says Vaikundarajan. Later on he will attend ‘At Home’ programme at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in evening, followed by a private dinner with the prime minister.
The next day the US president, will address a Town Hall meeting at Siri Fort. And later visit the Taj Mahal. Vaikundrajan hopes that Barack Obama has a wonderful experience in India.