The United State former President Obama said that India has a special place in my mind. He explained the reason that during his childhood, he had spent some time in Indonesia, where he had heard about the major texts of Hindus which were Mahabharata and Ramayana.
In his book ‘A Promised Land’, Obama stated his fascination for India, saying, ‘India is a country where one sixth of the world’s population lives and there are an estimated two thousand different ethnic groups. Not only this, more than seven hundred languages are spoken.
Obama says, ‘Maybe it was because I spent a part of my childhood listening to the epic of Hindu stories Ramayana and Mahabharata in Indonesia, or because of my interest in Eastern religions or a group of college Pakistani and Indian friends. Friends taught me to cook dal and minced meat and aroused interest in Bollywood films.
He also said that he is interested in India and the main reason for this is Mahatma Gandhi, whose non-violence litigant movement sparked a hope in many people. But regretting in his book, he said that Bapu could not stop the country from breaking into pieces on the form of caste, religion or religion.