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Why US President Obama keeps Hindu God Hanuman totem in pocket? Find Out!

Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion

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U. S. President revealed the insides of his pocket. And a small statue of Hindu god Hanuman was one of the few totems that he carries in his pocket all the time, posted by Cape Code News on Youtube.

Lord Hanuman is a Hindu deity and devotee of Lord Rama. In Epic Ramayana, he participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana. He is also presented as the incarnation of Lord Shiva in several texts.

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The totems which Obama carries includes- rosary beads which Pope Francis gave him during his visit to the US in 2015; a tiny Buddha idol which was given by a monk; a silver poker chip that was once a lucky charm of a mustachioed biker in Iowa; and a small statue of Lord Hanuman, according to the CNN reports.

source: Youtube
source: Youtube

Obama said they reminded him of the people he met along the way, he further added that “I’m not that superstitious, so it’s not like I think I necessarily have to have them on me at all times.”

But he admitted that he find solace in the totems. 

“If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that’s something I can overcome, because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to affect them,” he said.

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Obama, whose mother was a white woman from Kansas and had a father was Kenyan, spent his childhood in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion.

During his visit to India later this year, in 2016, President Obama showed a Hanuman’s idol to LK Advani’s daughter, Pratibha when she asked about his devotion towards the Hindu god at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Republic day.

Then, he delved in his pocket and took out a 4cm Hanuman’s statue that startled everyone.

In 200, the Economic Times reported that Obama the first-ever Black-American representative of a major US party for Presidential elections always keeps a gambler’s lucky chit, a bracelet belonging to an American soldier deployed in Iraq, a tiny monkey god and tiny Madonna and child.

In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama unveiled the fact that his step-father Lolo Soetoro introduced him to Lord Hanuman when he lived in Indonesia. He wrote, “There standing astride the road was a towering giant at least ten stories tall wth the body of a man and a face of an ape. That’s Hanuman, Lolo said as we circled the statue, the monkey-god. I turned around in my seat, mesmerized by the solitary figure, so dark against the sun, poised to leap into the sky as puny traffic swirled around his feet.”He’s a great warrior,” Lolo said firmly,”strong as a hundred men. when he fights the demons, he’s never defeated.”

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death. Flickr

India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)