Obama's India Trip in November?

Obama's trip to India in November is going to be expensive. There are already elaborate security drills-involving US secret service agents, Indian intelligence agencies, air traffic controllers and elite NSG commandos-and full rehearsals of the arrangements to welcome US President Barack Obama over the next two days.

All highrise buildings in the vicinity of India's Taj Mahal and Maurya Sheraton hotels, where the President will stay, will be sanitised and commandos will guard them from rooftops. I guess this is going to cost Obama some money.

What is going to be the cost of Obama's India trip in November?

asked by Scarlett in Politics | 1758 views | 11-03-2010 at 09:41 PM

The US would be spending a whopping $200 million per day on President Barack Obama's visit to India. The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit.

I think the cost is ridiculous, considering some of the procedures taking place. In Mumbai, authorities at Mani Bhavan asked the local civic body to cut down branches and coconuts from the trees around the museum for Obama's safety. What's up with that?

Following his arrival in India on November 6, Obama is expected to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and address a joint session of the Indian Parliament. Among the varied topics Obama will reportedly discuss: lifting a 1998 ban on U.S. exports of dual-use technology, which can be used for both civilian and military purposes, to India.

Barack Obama was seeking to use the visit to Mumbai and Delhi to elevate the bilateral relationship with India into one of America’s most important, akin to relations with Britain and Japan. Mr. Obama is likely to send the same message that he would have regardless of the midterm election result.

answered by Omar | 11-03-2010 at 09:42 PM

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