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BhamaforObama and the Monkey Idol


(Hindu God Hanuman)

The BBC reports today that a group of Indians are planning to present a statue of the revered Indian monkey God, Hanuman, to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

According to the report:

“The group decided to order the idol after they read a magazine report saying that Mr Obama carried a good luck ‘monkey king’ charm…

Hindus revere monkeys which they believe are descendents of the monkey God Hanuman. The two-foot tall, 15kg gold-polished, brass idol has been made as a present for Mr Obama because “he will be good for India if he becomes the next president,” according to Brij Mohan Bhama, leader of the group.”

One representative of the group said: “Senator Obama has a good luck charm. We don't know whether it is of Hanuman. But the people here think it is Hanuman.”

Another representative, Brij Mohan Bhama says he is “an ardent supporter of Mr Obama – even his email identification is bhamaforobama.”

“Obama stands for change. We are hoping that he will bring about change so that oil and food prices come down,” he said. “India will progress if he comes to power.”



Melinda Brouwer

Melinda Brower holds a Masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a graduate diploma in International Relations from the University of Chile during her tenure as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has worked on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, for Foreign Policy magazine and the American Academy of Diplomacy. She presently works for an internationally focused non-profit research organization in Washington, DC.