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India hails 'extraordinary' Obama triumph

India congratulated Barack Obama Wednesday on what Premier Manmohan Singh called his "extraordinary" election victory, while the ruling Congress party praised the US president-elect's "youthful energy."

"Your extraordinary journey to the White House will inspire people not only in your country but also around the world," the prime minister said.

"We have strong ties between our people and I look forward to working with you to realise the enormous potential for cooperation that exists between India and the US," he added.

India, which leaned towards Moscow during the Cold War, re-oriented its foreign policy after the collapse of the former Soviet Union to pursue closer ties with Washington.

The mutual rapprochement culminated in the signing last month of a landmark civilian nuclear deal, pushed through by Singh and outgoing President An outgoing president is a president or, generally, other head of state or government when he holds office between the election of his successor and the inauguration by which that successor assumes power.  George W. Bush.

Singh said future India-US cooperation would be an "important factor" for world peace, stability and progress, and invited Obama to visit India at the earliest opportunity.

The prime minister's Congress party also welcomed Obama's historic victory over Republican Senator John McCain For McCain's grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. and John S. McCain, Jr., respectively
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"Obama represents youthful energy, exuberant dynamism and a forward-looking progressive mindset mind·set or mind-set
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2. An inclination or a habit.
 which is also the spirit animating an·i·mate  
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1. To give life to; fill with life.

2. To impart interest or zest to; enliven:
 India," said party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi Shri Abhishek Manu Singhvi a politician from Indian National Congress party is presently a Member of the Parliament of India representing Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. External links
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Adding its voice to the chorus of approval was India's main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party Bharatiya Janata party (bär`ətēə jän`ətə) [Hindi,=Indian People's party] (BJP), Indian political party that espouses Hindu nationalism.  (BJP BJP Bharatiya Janata Party (India)
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"We congratulate Barack Obama for being elected as the 44th president of the US," said BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is a former Indian federal minister and Bharatiya Janta Party leader.He was twice elected to Lok Sabha from Rampur.

Born in Allahabad in 1957 he studied law and arts at Allahabad University.
. "We look forward to an illustrious tenure and hope that he will fulfil his election promise of warm relations with India."

In Indian Kashmir, separatist leaders also welcomed Obama's triumph, hoping the president-elect would live up to pre-election comments that he would seek an active US role in resolving India's decades-old dispute with Pakistan over the region.

"The encouraging statements of Obama during his campaigning have generated a hope that he will use his good offices to resolve the Kashmir issue," said moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

India has always rejected any third-party involvement in Muslim-majority Kashmir, while Pakistan has encouraged US participation.

Another moderate separatist leader, Moulvi Abbass Ansari, said Obama "definitely has a role to play" in seeking an end to the dispute which has triggered two wars between India and Pakistan.
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