Our own weird democracy

I’ve been catching up on Obama’s, now concluded, visit to India. I happened on this video about Obama’s interview with the villagers in Ajmer.

So the video looks decent enough and touts the achievements of IT in helping the villager’s day to day activities. Now obviously the villagers don’t speak English, so everyone is assigned a Minder to help translate their views.

So in the end, the president (or anyone else) doesn’t really ask any questions and all the responses look canned. Now why would that arouse any suspicion

Aah yes, now things look in context. So in the effort to promote the advances in India, our file pushers (or secretaries if you must), turned this whole exercise in to a propaganda campaign. Funny how one person’s democracy is another’s autocratic regime.

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