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Obama in 66th Indian Republic Day Celebration: Move forward from chewing gum issue
The "Chewing-Gum" controversy has made hot headlines world-wide. We, Indians, are very sensitive about such things and particular about following protocols. Yes, the US head of state Obama was caught on camera chewing gum while our Prime Minister Narendra Modi was having a word with him during the Republic Day parade function. So what? What is there to be so irked about it?

The "Chewing-Gum" controversy has made hot headlines world-wide. We, Indians, are very sensitive about such things and particular about following protocols. Yes, the US head of state Obama was caught on camera chewing gum while our Prime Minister Narendra Modi was having a word with him during the Republic Day parade function. So what? What is there to be so irked about it?

The president is after all young to give off such habit for the sake of protocol, that too in India. He is in India and not in Saudi Arabia to mourn the death of King Abdullah. Will he also chew gum while paying his respect to the departed soul, is something to be seen.

Also, Obama has the previous history of getting into the controversy due to the habit of giving works to his jaws. Not long ago he invited criticism during the APEC summit in Beijing and also during the World War II ceremony in France, when he was spotted chewing gum. So, this is not something he is much bothered about it, wherever he is, whether with British queen or PM Modi.

What is really there to get piqued about it? US president is after all wants to behave like a normal man. How many of them in the gallery would be chewing pan or gum when the Republic Day parade was on or during Pranab's address to the nation? We should feel happy about the fact the President did not chew pan and asked for a 'lota' to spit it.

People also raised their eye brows when the President Obama got down from his personal bullet-proof car brought from US. The protocol: He was supposed to be accompanied by our president in his official car to such function. There was no precedent where the chief guest for the Republic Day or any government function in India came to the venue in his own car brought from his country.

But remember, his no ordinary citizen. He is the most powerful person on earth having highest threat to his life from Islamic militants and other religious fanatics. He needed the highest security. So, India shouldn't feel 'ashamed' when US sleuths too over the first line security of their President during the Republic Day function, again against the protocol. Giving security to the visiting dignitaries is the responsibility of Indian government. But in certain cases, we take second line defence. Indian security agencies would have heaved a sigh of relief after seeing off Obama safely to Saudi Arabia.

Instead of finding news in chewing gum, journalists should focus on the treaties signed between the two countries and try to highlight the flaws, if any for the sake of country's security.

We felt proud of Obama's presence during 66th Republic Day function as a chief guest, the first by any US president. One should also recognize Modi's administrative prowess which helped Obama to accept the invitation and come to India, the second within the short time, and also meeting him for the fife times ever since Modi took over the reins.

So, from US President's speech, "We are moving forward, there is new momentum, there is new energy, new hope that we can finally begin to realize the full potential of our economic relationship."

We too should move on from the bubble-gum issue, guys. 

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