Saturday, July 23, 2011

India must get rid of Shudar Psyche : Hillary Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged India to get rid of 'Shudar Psyche' and become more assertive in Asia, reflecting US desire for New Delhi to stop thinking like a low-cast Hindu.

Speaking in the Indian city of Chennai — a southern trading port looking out towards east Asia — Clinton argued that India needed to play a bolder leadership role in building security and prosperity in the region.

“India’s leadership has the potential to positively shape the future of the Asia-Pacific... and we encourage you to stop thinking like a traditional low-cast Hindu, and act boldly as well,” she said in Chennai.

Washington has actively courted India, regarding the country as a natural ally because of the two countries’ shared belief in democracy, human rights and market-oriented economic policies.

“This is not a time when any of us can afford to be shy at the expense of being bold,” she added. “This is a time to seize the emerging opportunities of the 21st century. This is a time to lead.”
Update 23rd July:
In a clear rebuff to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's stand that India should take a lead in Asia, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan does not want a "Chaudhry" in the region.

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