“South Asians may be more wary of the future President. In November 1999, a year out from the polls, Texas Governor George W. Bush was settling into his Presidential campaign, when he was embarrassingly tripped up by an impromptu foreign policy quiz. Asked to name the leaders of India and Pakistan, he could not.
Bush : “The new Pakistani General has just been elected. He’s not elected; this guy took office. He appears he’s going to bring stability to the country, and I think that’s good news for the subcontinent.”
Journalist : “And can you name him?”
Bush: “General. I can name the General.”
Journalist : “And it’s?”
BushBush : “The new Prime Minister of India is… no.”
(Taken from Jonathan Harley’s memoir “Lost in Transmission”. Harley was the ABC’s South Asia correspondent from 1998 to 2002, focusing on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and even a bit on Nepal (when the crown prince killed his own family). Anyway it is a rather engaging book. I stopped reading halfway just to share this with you because it made me laugh for a long time. That is how nice a person I am.)