Woh a gya. Dekho woh agya…
Ah ha Aa Aaa Aha Aha…[Helen-ish moaning]
Obamaaaaaaaa You are my darling.
Obama is the President of the United States of America.
Flowers will now rain from the skies.
Pigs (with or without lipstick) will fly.
Good will prevail.
Shakti Kapoor will take sanyas.
Now that aaaya aaya Toofan, expect bhaga bhaga shaitaan in the caves of Pakistan.
We Indian citizens, even though we do not have a vote in the US and are thousands of miles away, are deliriously happy. So happy that there is at last an American President whose skin color more closely resembles ours than that of the fur of a polar bear.
Of course many people wonder why Indians, many of whom have no interest in what Obama stands for and of the larger political context of the US elections, are so carried away. These people understand why Obama’s victory is a gigantic leap for African-Americans, who fifty years ago were struggling to be able to legally sit in the same bus as whites in certain states. They also understand why Obama brings a message of “Yes even I can do it” to many second-generation immigrant Americans. They get the fact that for the US electorate in general, he was by far the best choice among all the candidates from either party.
But what doesn’t penetrate into their thick skulls is why Indian citizens got all hot and steamy about Obama? Why have they “donated” their status messages to Obama on Facebook [whatever that means !]? Why did they send “Go Obama” messages to their friends and asked them to get out and rock the vote for Barak even though neither the sender nor the receiver are US citizens? Why did people in Tamil Nadu do a yagna for Obama?
To all those who don’t get it, all I can say is: Oh Baba ! Oh Mama ! O-Ba-Ma !
I mean how can we not love this guy !
Not only is he “different” like Magi Hot and Sweet Tomato Sauce, he calls himself a “desi” . Which means he goes to a buffet, orders one plate and then he and Michelle eat from that together. Not just that but he can cook daal (he does find naan tough though).
Who cares about his intention to placate Pakistan by pressurizing India to “solve” the Kashmir issue ! Or his well-known opposition to India’s nuclear program. Or that the “India is a natural ally” paradigm of the Bush foreign policy may now be put into cold storage.
Okay so he didn’t call Manmohan Singh after becoming President. Is this to be treated as a snub in the world of symbolism and subtle gestures that is diplomacy?
Of course not.
Aare bhai woh desi hain, his cell phone minutes must be running low this month and you know how these cellphonewallahs charge you a bundle once you go a minute over your 350 anytime minutes ! Of course Pakistan covers this news as:
The Indian government’s pretension of India and the US as ‘natural allies’ in the congratulatory messages by President Pratibha Patil and Dr Manmohan Singh fell flat when Obama’s aides said the first nine calls on Thursday were made to ‘US allies’.
The concerns have intensified considering the fact that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari figured among the 15 heads of state Obama has spoken to until now.
But what of it ! This man can move mountains. He said there are no red states or blue states but only the United States of America. Now that my friends is profound. Contrast his erudition to his opposition that includes Sarah Palin who shoots moose from a helicopter, doesn’t know Africa is a continent and talks with her advisers clad only in a towel. If she had any desi laaj aur sharam in her she would have known about that legendary song from Eena Meena Deeka “Towel main bahaar jayogi to hallah mach jayega”.
So let us all, as Indians, celebrate this great totally groovy concept called Obama even though we don’t fully understand what it means. Somewhat like the idea of love aint it?
As Himesh Reshammiya would say on SareGamaPa, Obama as president is fantastic, mindblowing, superb, outstanding HISTORY.
[PS: This is my blog’s 500th post. Yes. That’s a lot.]
[Image courtesy: about.com]