Palin's trip abroad a big deal in India

“The U.S. figures in the Indian imagination and psyche in a very different manner to every other foreign country, and that’s why there’s a fascination with American politicians,” said Harsh Bhasin, a former Indian consul general in New York who’s now a professor at SUNY Stony Brook…

“It will be covered for sure — she’s enough of a curiosity and people want to be not caught flat-footed if she becomes significant for some reason,” said Kalyani Chadha, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland.

Palin also became a backer of Nikki Haley after she launched her somewhat unlikely bid for governor of South Carolina, a quest that was followed extensively in the press in India.