Mann ki baat: Obama admires the Mahatma

January 25, 2015 9:35 AM

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NEW DELHI: When Barack Obama paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, he became the first US president in office to visit the memorial a second time. But that's hardly a surprise. No US president has quoted the global lodestar for peace and non-violence as frequently as Obama.

On occasions as varied as speaking at the UN General Assembly, interacting with ninth-grade students in Virginia and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, he has found regular reason to cite Gandhi. In the past, many world leaders, from Julius Nyerere to Kenneth Kaunda, from Lech Walesa to Aung San Suu K...

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