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Obama and the new beginning

When Barack Obama made it to the top, he created history – no doubt, it was a long and tiresome journey but obama, the man, kept the spectators in good humour and won their hearts. Roses have their thorns too. The thorns came in the form of an unprecedented economic slump. Some stop gap arrangements have been made in the hope that the country will bounce back before long.

As the days rolled by, Mr. Obama must have come to the conclusion that prosperity will thrive only in a peaceful atmosphere and the result was his hour – long speech, the other day, directed at an international Muslim audience. His intention was not to chastise anybody but to identify the source of tension in West Asia. He was strongly in favour of a New beginning between US and the Muslims based on mutual interest and mutual respect. The entire Muslim world listened to him and most of them are convinced that new beginning could be made. Even those who were not carried away by his speech merely expressed their reservation without using any harsh words.

Can we hope for a new beginning?

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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