Donald Trump should have pulled his head out of his namaste long enough to get a little coaching on the pronunciation of Indian words. Whatever his conciliatory intent may have been, botching the language is not a good way to make an impression. Trump appeared at the world’s largest cricket stadium, where white hats with his name on them had been left on the seats, and the sounds of the song “Macho Man” by the Village People rang out. BBC:
However, he struggled to pronounce several Indian words – from Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, to Swami Vivekananda, an Indian philosopher, greatly admired by Mr Modi. He also called the Vedas – ancient Hindu texts – “Vestas”.
He ended his speech by saying: “God bless India, God bless the United States of America – we love you, we love you very much.” He spoke after Mr Modi, and the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan says crowds began leaving mid-way through the US president’s speech.
In all fairness, the crowds were leaving so that they could avoid as much traffic as possible. Trump’s off to a good start with his blunders during his rock star act. He also visited the Taj Mahal, which is the name sake of his bankrupted casino. Nice to know that the real thing isn’t anywhere near as tacky as the Trump version. Let’s see how things develop from here.