Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The prominence of India in the State of the Union speech

It is definitely not self-pity.  India figures twice in the last 6 state of the union speeched given by Bush.  And, in both the instances it was along with China, that India was mentioned.  Iraq has grown in prominence over the years, while issues such as Afghanistan and medicare have waned. 

Check out this feature in NY time - you can do a word search on things that interest you and figure out what the world's most powerful man thinks about these issues.

Looks like, things don't look very great for India, in terms of being an important issue in Mr. Bush's agenda.   In the next two years Iraq is bound to dominate a President's gameplan as he strives to save his legacy with a Democrat Senate looking for an to make him the scapegoat.


Holden Caulfield said...

Number of occurrences of:

European Union = 1
United Kingdom = 0
Britain = 0
Japan = 1

EU, UK, and Japan should be very worried, because they are not important to USA. QED.

ps: India's PM is crying for this neglect.

Girish Mallapragada said...

Sure. I actually did a word search after I looked up India and realized what you are referring to.

In fact even China did not fare better.

Holden Caulfield said...

It seems Colbert recorded his show last night BEFORE the speech anticipating what will be said and how frequently people will 'stand up'. :)

Girish Mallapragada said...

Colbert is the best !

I actually wanted to report this article in another post. But this seems to be the appropriate place.

Goldman Sachs has a new report on the future of the Indian economy.