Asia: South & Central India surprise: After visit, will religious freedom be Obama's legacy?

At a time when members of the current Hindu nationalist government are talking about 'converting' religious minorities to Hindu beliefs, Obama's words on free exercise and equality left a ringing sound.

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After days of bonhomie between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- a nuclear deal, strategic talks on China, a colorful parade, big hugs – a short series of comments on religious freedom by the US president proved to be the only point at which his friendly demeanor gave way to sternness.