6 Nov 2008
NEW DELHI: The Hussein in Barack Obama has failed to enthuse Muslims in India as they expect little to change as far as US policy towards the community is concerned. They find no solace in the fact that the American president-elect carries the legacy of a Muslim parentage from his Kenyan father.
The Muslim community is apprehensive about his actions and believes that it may not be any different from what George Bush pursued in the last decade — using force to maintain US hegemony over the world, with little room for dialogue.
After flagging off a special train from Deoband on Wednesday carrying more than 6,000 Muslim clerics to Hyderabad to deliberate on issues of terrorism and national integration, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief and Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood Madani said the community was not at all excited.
"I am not very enthusiastic. I don't think Obama can divert much from the way George Bush carried forward American polices," Madani said.
But if Obama remained committed to his promise that he would like to solve issues through dialogue and not by force, it would really change the world and bring about peace and harmony as the president-elect would like to see, the Jamiat leader said.
However, Madani felt the reverse could also happen. "In his zeal to prove his patriotism, Obama may not take the bold steps required of him to bring America out of the mess that it has created in Afghanistan and Iraq," the MP said. The name Hussein would only work against him, Madani added.