I love the Clintons and Obama. So I was sad when Hillary Clinton said it’s time for her to leave politics. “It’s time for me to step off the high wire,” she said after a woman in the audience said she had wanted Hillary to be elected president in 2008 and Barkha Dutt added Hillary could run again in 2016. “Oh dear, you will get me into trouble,” Hillary said with a laugh before adding she wanted to retire from politics.
Hillary was speaking at La Martiniere for Girls school in Kolkata today. The event was livestreamed on Facebook by NDTV and hosted by the NDTV anchor, Barkha Dutt.
Had a great time moderating Hillary Clinton’s Kolkata TownHall. Found her candid, firm, focused, funny and easy going all at once.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) May 7, 2012
Poised and smiling, Hillary spoke candidly, striking a chord with the audience. A woman in the audience said at the end, “You have not changed, you have just got better.” Yes, indeed, Hillary is great.
“I want to know from the chief minister of West Bengal her vision of the future,” she said, ahead of her meeting with Mamata Banerjee later today. When they meet, she said, “I will raise the US desire to open the Indian market to multi-brand retail.” Delhi also wants to open the market but can’t because of opposition from regional leaders like Mamata Banerjee.
Hillary, who arrived in Kolkata from Dhaka yesterday, said she would also talk about the need for India to share Teesta river waters with Bangladesh. Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh wanted to sign a river water treaty with Bangladesh but could not – again because of opposition from Mamata. She says agriculture and irrigation in West Bengal will suffer if so much water is allowed to flow into neighbouring Bangladesh.
I hope Hillary gets along well with Mamata.
And here’s wishing Hillary success in Delhi too. She will be going to Delhi this afternoon after meeting Mamata Banerjee.
India and the United States have a sound relationship, she said, but there will be differences from time to time. Hence the need for an ongoing dialogue, she added.