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President Obama is wrapping up his second diplomatic trip to India, a first a sitting U.S. President. Through pouring rain today, Obama and 125,000 other spectators looked onto the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi, celebrating India’s first democratic constitution.

Festivities aside, India is poised to surpass China’s economy, and this trip is a strategic one for the president. He and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a historic nuclear energy agreement, and a 10-year defense pact.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson’s speaks with NPR’s Scott Horsley, who’s traveling with the president, about diplomatic relations between the two countries, why the trip is getting some negative headlines in neighboring Pakistan and how Obama will cut the trip short to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to King Abdullah who died last week.


This segment aired on January 26, 2015.