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Obama creates buzz among Delhi, Mumbai college-goers


New Delhi : “Do you think I can sneak a look at Barack Obama when he is here?” asks 19-year-old Sara Khan, a Delhi University student and a self-confessed Obama fan. She is one of the many youngsters who are eagerly awaiting the president’s visit to India Nov 6-8.

“Obama is a world leader and not just the president of the United States of America. When he gave his presidential speech, I had tears in my eyes! He broke all barriers and became the first black American president…he spoke about change in a language that we youngsters understood,” Khan says passionately.

She now hopes that when the US president is in Delhi, she will be able to get a glimpse of him. Obama will reach Mumbai Saturday and touch down to Delhi Sunday.

Like Khan, Sarita Jain, another Delhi student, said: “I know that Obama will be visiting Rajghat on Monday and am hoping to catch a sight of him and Michelle that day! The security will be tight, I know, but there’s nothing wrong in hoping!”

In Mumbai, where Obama will address students from city colleges at St. Xavier’s, there’s a similar excitement among the Gen. Y members.

“Looking forward to President Obama’s visit…it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” posted a student of the college on the social networking website Facebook.

However, Soumya Patel, another Mumbai youngster, said that while she is floored by Obama’s charisma, she is more keen to see what is the final outcome of his India visit.

“A lot of important discussions are going to take place during Obama’s visit. Issues like health, education and counter-terrorism will be talked about, and I am keen to know what will be the concrete outcome of this much hyped visit,” Patel said.

Abhishek Jain, a student of Delhi University, added: “I want to apply to some US universities after graduation and so I am going to watch closely what this trip of the US president brings about.”

“It seems youth and education will be his top priority, so I hope something good comes of it so that students like me can benefit.”