U.S. remark comparing Modi with Saudi PM was unnecessary, says India

President Joe Biden, proper, shakes arms with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File.
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Criticising the U.S. State Division’s comparability of immunity given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014 with the authorized immunity now given to Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, the federal government on Thursday mentioned the U.S. feedback weren’t “related, mandatory or contextual”.

The Ministry of Exterior Affairs additionally took goal on the U.S. Fee on Worldwide Non secular Freedom (USCIRF) for issuing a “Nation Replace” that accused the federal government of “partaking in or tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious spiritual freedom violations”.

Talking a few report that mentioned Mr. Modi had hoped to journey to the U.S. for a State Go to in December this 12 months, the MEA spokesperson mentioned the federal government had made no such proposal. He additionally mentioned that Mr. Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden had met on a “number of occasions” in the course of the recent G-20 summit in Bali, together with a “transient bilateral assembly” and a trilateral assembly with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“We have now seen the biased and inaccurate observations about India by the USCIRF. Their tendency to constantly misrepresent information exhibits a lack of information of India, its constitutional framework, plurality and strong democratic system,” mentioned MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, when requested concerning the replace issued by the Congressional physique that had already issued an annual report and different paperwork expressing concern over human rights and non secular freedom in India earlier this 12 months.

The “Nation Replace”, launched on November 22, had included current incidents and authorities actions that it known as a “crackdown on civil society and dissent”, pointing to the imprisonment and harassment of “journalists, legal professionals, rights activists, teachers, political leaders, spiritual minorities, and others vital of its insurance policies”. It additionally mentioned that the federal government’s actions have “eroded the secular ideas of the Indian Structure and India’s pluralistic democracy by selling and implementing its Hindutva ideology by way of authorities coverage”, and really helpful that the U.S. State division, which periodically releases an inventory of nations being watched for spiritual freedom points, to designate India as a Nation of Explicit Concern (CPC).

The MEA spokesperson mentioned the federal government had not protested concerning the USCIRF report with the U.S. Embassy or authorities, because the USCIRF is a U.S. Congressional physique, not a authorities one. In 2005, Mr. Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister had been placed on a U.S. visa ban below the 1998 U.S. Worldwide Non secular Freedom Act (IRFA), after a suggestion from the USCIRF that had criticised his function within the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Mr. Bagchi additionally expressed shock at a current remark by U.S. State Division spokesperson Vedant Patel on November 18 on the difficulty of the U.S. visa ban. Mr. Patel had mentioned, in response to quite a lot of questions from the U.S. press corps over the Biden administration’s choice to offer Saudi Prince Mohammed immunity in the Jamal Khashoggi murder case, given his new function as head of the Saudi authorities, that the U.S. has given similiar immunity to Mr. Modi and quite a lot of different leaders like former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, former Congolese President Laurent Kabila and former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. “I fail to grasp how [the State Department’s] touch upon PM Modi was both mandatory, related or contextual. Our two international locations take pleasure in a really particular relationship that’s going from power to power, and we stay up for deepening it,” he mentioned.

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