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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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The Bill, which has since become an Act, will provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh

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After attending the press meet, Mahesh Bhatt on Sunday tweeted: We the people of India , having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.(At Ambedkar's abode. After reading the Preamble of our Constitution)". Wikimedia Commons

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Sunday took a pledge not to support the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

He along with Congress leader Sanjay Jha joined a protest meet here. A video is doing the rounds on the Internet in which Bhatt is seen taking the pledge, perhaps a few days back.

“We believe Citizenship Amendment Bill is discriminatory and it violates the constitutional values. We don’t accept this bill and if it becomes a law we shall boycott its execution. We pledge not to submit any documents if asked to prove our citizenship,” he has said in the video.

After attending the press meet, Bhatt on Sunday tweeted: We the people of India , having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.(At Ambedkar’s abode. After reading the Preamble of our Constitution).”

Several parts of India have been witnessing violent protests ever since the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha last week. The situation further escalated after the bill was cleared in Rajya Sabha.

The Bill, which has since become an Act, will provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

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Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Sunday took a pledge not to support the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Wikimedia Commons

The issue has caused widespread unprecedented violent protests in the northeast, especially in the states of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya, with the agitating demonstrators demanding the withdrawal of the CAA claiming that the fresh legislation would jeopardize the demographic situations and life, culture and socio-economic positions to the 45.58 million populations of region.

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On Sunday afternoon, four buses were burnt in South Delhi as protesters clashed with police. (IANS)