Anthony Mathew Jacob | January 27, 2015
The security arrangements and the hospitality extended to Mr Obama makes me very proud. Our country's security establishments, intelligence agencies, bureaucracy and all the different arms of the government have come together to provide security to the president of US. Apart from Indian agencies, the US Secret Services, intelligence agencies, sophisticated apparatus like satellite devices, custom built vehicles, snippers and sniffers are all in India to ensure Mr Obama's safety and security.
We were informed that there were 7 layers of security for the guest of honour at the Republic day events in the capital. That's phenomenal, isn't it?
I am sure millions if not billions of dollars would have been spent in this hospitality towards our guest.
I am happy that our government has done this despite the fact that there is hardly any safety for the women of our nation, especially in our capital. The capital that is being decked up to welcome Obama ji is also known as the 'Rape' capital of India, but I am proud that our government is keeping all these minor things aside and leaving no stone unturned for our Republic day celebrations.
The media informed us that 15000 CCTV cameras were installed in and around New Delhi and the US intelligence agencies were able to monitor every part of the capital. There wwere snippers atop every major government building and other vital installations in and around the venue where we celebrated our "Independence" and our "Republic day."
Had Obama been to Agra, all the restaurants and dhabas on the way had to remain shut while he travels.
It's a matter of pride that my government spent millions of dollars for these three days despite small challenges like the former prime minister declaring that malnutrition is a national shame.
A few months ago I felt very sad when India topped the global slavery index, the report stated that we have more than 14 million trapped in modern day slavery. But our grand Republic day celebrations have made me cheerful again and now I can confidently claim that we are a rich and powerful nation.
Moreover, we should consider it an honour to extend this warm and royal welcome to Mr. Obama despite the fact that our former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was frisked and his jacket and shoes taken away even after he had taken his seat in the Air India flight while returning from the US in September 2011.
Lastly, I fall short of words to express my immense gratitude to the mainstream media for constantly keeping our nation updated about the number of dogs traveling to India from the US, their breed, their special skills and their role during their stay here. I just hope these reports don't demoralize our very own canine brigade back home.....
Happy Republic day to all my countrymen.....
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