What I had in mind was the 'Obama Impact' which I would define as
- a nation being inspired to rise above a historical prejudice fundamental to its psyche
- the people being inspired to put their country above all other divisive interests
- a people being charged with enthusiasm and energy at the prospect of correcting the mistakes of the past
- a people being inspired to cast away cynicism and to believe in the possibility of their participation in the governance of the land
- the youth being inspired to believe in a great future for their country
My take on Obama is informed by the unusual nature of the campaign which involved people of all age groups and all walks of life. My source was not just the media. The blogs were a real eye opener and I realised that Obama is an impact, a movement. People talk about how happy they were to contribute to this campaign, people who were averse to contributing to political activities.
To see the Obama impact, one has to only go back to the 'we can' chant, the like of which I haven't seen anywhere. Black and white, red and yellow and brown - all were chanting without any inhibition. A leader with that kind of hold on the people can take difficult but momentuous decisions.
That's the impact. We dont know how he will perform as a president, what policies he will make, how he will deal with international issues. But those are not the issues here.
The issue is the Obama Impact. It's all about the curing of a nation of its cynicism and restoring faith in the system. It is uniting a people not with narrow nationalism, but with patriotism.
Is there a person in India who can do it? That was the question i posed.
Apparently, i didn't make myself clear. I dont know if I am making myself clear now.