Modi-Obama to deliver joint address via 'Mann Ki Baat'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat - the radio programme has of late caught United States President Barack Obama's fancy so much so that he plans to do it along with the PM Modi during his visit to India for a Republic Day event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi morning tweeted that he is eagerly looking forward to address Mann Ki Baat along with President Barack Obama, which is expected to be aired on January 27,2015.

In his another tweet, PM Modi also invited people to participate in this historical programme stating that the programme will be incomplete without their participation.

Going further, he also invited questions from people which both the leaders are expected to answer jointly.

Modi also said that this Mann Ki Baat will be special because he will address it with Obama.

Earlier, when PM Modi visited the United states last year, wrote a joint oped with President Obama in the Washington Post, the first time either leader had done it.  This was for the first time that an Indian leader has ventured on the path of a joint editorial. Therefore, taking this newly-found friendship to a next level - both the leaders have decided to address 'Mann Ki Baat', reports Times of India.

The report further states that efforts are being taken to make this thing see whether the two leaders can do a joint radio address. Interestingly, Barack Obama addresses a weekly radio programme in the US.

If both Prime Minister Modi and the US President Obama address people through Mann Ki Baat then it will surely seal the bilateral relations forever, moreover, open new vistas for the people of both the countries.

Mann Ki Baat will provide a larger platform for both the leaders to connect with common people as well as who’s who across the globe.

The US President is expected to arrive in New Delhi on January 25, 2015 and he will be attending bilateral meetings, delegation-level talks, etc, followed by a State dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan. On the January 26, Obama will be at the majestic Rajpath for more than two-hours as a Chief Guest, witnessing the Republic Day parade.

On January 27, he is expected to give a speech on India and US at the Siri Fort Auditorium. In November 2010, Obama had done a town-hall meeting in St Xavier's College, Mumbai.

There are reports that Obama will also visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on January 27 before leaving for the US.

Moreover, his visit is also special because it is believed that he will be bringing his family - wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia.

But the main focus will be that Obama will be chief guest at the Republic Day parade, presiding over a military display and tableaux, showcasing India’s culture.

Courtesy Niti Central


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