Farah Pandith, US President Barack Obama's special representative
to Muslim communities visited Aurangabad, the historic city of
great Mughal Empire August 30, 2010.
She was in the historic city, once
used as the regional capital by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangazeb on
her two day official tour ahead of the upcoming visit of President
Obama to India.
During her stay in the city, Farah
Pandith interacted with various Muslim educational and social
organisations, besides interacting with a cross-section of people,
including NGOs, educational institutions and entrepreneurs, with
an aim to increase and strengthen people to people contact.
Pandith, who has visited 25
countries in the last 10 months, said she was visiting the
historic place of Aurangabad to interact with people and
understand them and their needs.
Urging the people to share their
experiences with her, Farah said, "I am here to understand the
problems being faced by Muslim organisations so as to apprise US
president about them."
She said that Aurangabad is not a
very big city but for her it is as important as any big metro.
When asked whether US President will come to Aurangabad during his
visit to India she told this issue is of two country's regarding
which places President Obama will visit.
Later on she tweeted that Aurangabad
is a beautiful historically important city. “Mughal aura floats
around ancient structures as we drive by."
Earlier on Monday, Pandith visited
several educational institutions and interacted with students and
office-bearers of an education society and journalists.
In an event organised by the Tata
TiE Stree Shaktee and the Marathwada Institute of Technology
(MIT), women entrepreneurs shared their experiences with Pandith.
They narrated how they braved hardships while trying to achieve
"There are misconceptions about
Islam all over the world that need to be attended to", she said
while interacting with women entrepreneurs in the city.