Comments on: Headscarf headache to cancel Obama Temple visit http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Romansing http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-29911 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:25:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-29911 I have lost a degree of respect for President Obama. Had he gone to the temple despite his aides worries he would have shown his endeavour to change. Maybe there would be less attacks on innocent Sikhs like the subsequent shooting at the US Temple.
BUT I also feel for him. America is a great nation but still, as with any part of the world, it contains uneducated people, also some ignorant people, a percentage of naive folks, and many other categories who just reveal human traits on a macro level. And I am sure there was the danger some in the US would have interpreted a headscarve as a show of US weakness.
Its just the sorry state of humanity.

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By: pakistan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15946 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 11:23:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15946 If you guys blame Obama, it is not going to help. Why does’nt the Indian Prime Minister, or to be precise, the Amritsar local community invite him for a town hall meeting? he likes such meetings specially with students. after the town hll meeting he would be willing to meet the holy place.
Rex Minor

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By: pakistan http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15932 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:56:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15932 It looks as if his visit to India would be partially a failure, if he does not visit the holy city of Sikhs. The foreign dignitory visiting the USA were even invited to have a meal in George W’s texas ranch. How come mr Manmohan Singh did not invite him for a meal in the Amritsar city or the University. Sorry, is there a law university in Amritsar, fellows?
Rex Minor

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By: qcirish http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15930 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:52:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15930 1. The article says the president’s “team” balked at the idea.
2. There are a substantial number of people who already think he’s Muslim, and trust me, some of the media here would ride that horse as far as possible if they thought they could use it against him.
3. People everywhere are ignorant of “other’s” beliefs, values and lives. Americans may be more insular than other cultures when it comes to knowing about outsiders, but we are far from alone in our ignorance.
4. How does anyone who comments here think it’s helpful to berate others? We don’t learn anything by holding so tightly to the way we see things that we can’t be open to what others can teach…no matter where you live.
5. I don’t see how the president is proving to be cowardly, though I do think the fact that his team’s reluctance to allow him to wear the head gear IS reflective of American ignorance and American arrogance. We seem to want everyone who comes to America to play by our rules, but don’t seem to want to extend that same courtesy when we leave our shores. The president should be able to visit, to wear the traditional, required head covering. Arrogant, ignorant people will criticize him, but in my opinion that shouldn’t stop him.
6. How does knowing more about Islam than the president does show you that he thinks more highly of Islam than of Christianity? “Funny headgear”? Really, you call the president an ignoramus, then use that derogatory term? Interesting….
7. Frankly, some of the comments here cement our image as unaware, ignorant and arrogant.

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By: Teg http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15861 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:22:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15861 Obama is unfortunately proving to be a typical cowardly politician rather than a man who would stand for truth and justice. Obama is conveying an unmistakable message to the world that Americans are ignorant, stupid and bigoted.

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By: Weknow http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15808 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:24:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15808 Some of us know more about Islam than Obama knows and we can see he is a sympathiser who thinks highly of Islam and lowly of Christianity. His refusal to visit the Temple in case he has to wear funny head gear does not show what people think about him. It shows what he thinks about people. What a coward! What an ignoramus!

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By: khalsa http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15805 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:20:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15805 @savage67….do you know the world religions…i can tell you the differences as you ask…but mormons are a sect ,part of christianity…judaism is one religion…sikhism and islam are also world religions..so your question is absurd..i agree americans have poor general knowledge…

We know vatican is your holy city..Islam holy cities mecca and medina dont even allow unislamic people..similarily Amritsar is Sikhism holiest city but the difference is everybody’s allowed..Queen Elizabeth has been here..2 canadian PMs have been here

@Obama…please dont miss this visit..personally i think ..people both in your entourage and indian entourage..will try absurd reasons to offset this visit..as they had done during Queen’s visit….and also ponder that sikhs have been mistakenly shot dead as muslims in your part of the world.

What political storm it creates i dont know but, paying obeisance and politics are 2 different things..and anyway God is bigger than any Obama…everybody is a human in his eyes

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By: CamForPrez http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15804 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:41:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15804 Since when is the US press “predominantly right-wing”? That statement is so false it might be funny if it was not so sad. Anyone who knows anything knows that the lame stream media is about 85% pro-Obamunist. Check out http://newsbusters.org/.

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By: Savage67 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15802 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 07:56:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15802 I think this is ridiculous too. But the comments here are mostly anti-American and how stupid we are for not knowing the difference between sikhs and muslims and how foolish we are for thinking that Obama is a muslim.

The vast majority of Europeans and Chinese and the great peoples of Africa and the Arab world do not know the difference between sikhs and muslims. I can promise you that that is true. Secondly it is interesting that Americans are accused of ignorance when it comes to “other cultures” when some of you commenting do not know the next thing about the differences in the religions in American. Would you be able to tell me the what makes Mormons and Catholics and Armenian orthodox people difference. What is Hasidic Judaism versus reform or Litvak Judaism. If you can do that then you can continue to ridicule the American “race.”

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By: jsingh01 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/10/19/headscarf-headache-to-cancel-obama-temple-visit/comment-page-1/#comment-15788 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:11:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=3838#comment-15788 So let me get this straight, a Christian(Obama) may be wearing a scarf(required for visit) to a SIKH temple but yet is afraid of being associated as a MUSLIM??? Americans really need to be educated about the rest of the world and not their center of universe.

“18% of Americans Believe Obama is a Muslim” – How Ignorant is the American Race??? No wonder what every other country thinks of the US?! Unfortunately the media has a lot to do with it.

People there is a difference between “fealty to a foreign potentate” and respect. Get it straight!!!

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