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Getting personal: Obama's visit to India off to a warm, welcoming start

The Indian prime minister broke protocol and surprised his handlers to meet and bear-hug the US president on the airport tarmac

Like Mr Obama (left), Mr Modi rose from a modest home to break into a political elite dominated by powerful families. Aides said that the two men bonded in Washington in September when Mr Obama took Mr Modi to the memorial of Martin Luther King, whose rights struggle was inspired by India's Mahatma Gandhi.

New Delhi

SIGNALLING his determination to take relations with the United States to a higher level, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug US President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi on Sunday.

Mr Obama's visit is a fresh bid to make