20 January 2009

Obama: Good peoples

My rickshaw-wallah made the above statement yesterday morning once he discovered (where from, ma'am?) I was from the US. "Big changes" "Good for India" These things are part of the discourse on the streets of Delhi, with every passing mention to South Asia in the confirmation hearings reported with headline-level coverage. We'll see if it's good for India or not. I'm not entirely sure. With the Taliban shutting down schools in Pakistan's Swat district, disallowing girls from returning to the classroom after the winter break, I hope the Obama folks in charge of the Afghanistan-Pakistan-India region have a plan of some kind. Because Pakistan seems to be getting worse...Let's hope that Good People can get something good done.

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