“I’m not conversant in the documentary you are referring to, nevertheless, I’m very conversant in the shared values that enact the United States and India as two thriving and vibrant democracies,” US State
Department spokesperson Ned Price mentioned on Monday, responding to a media question on a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has sparked controversy since its launch.
Addressing a press briefing on Monday (native time), Price mentioned that there are quite a few components that bolster the US’ world strategic partnership with India which embody political, financial and exceptionally deep people-to-people ties.
Calling India’s democracy a vibrant one, he mentioned “we glance to all the things that ties us collectively, and we glance to strengthen all of these components that tie us collectively,” as he underlined the diplomatic ties that US and India share with one another.
He additionally confused the truth that the partnership that the US shares with India is exceptionally deep and that each nations share the values which are frequent to American democracy and to Indian democracy.
“I’m not conscious of this documentary that you simply level to, however I’ll say broadly, is that there are a variety of components that undergird the worldwide strategic partnership that we’ve got with our Indian companions.
There are shut political ties, there are financial ties, and there are exceptionally deep people-to-people ties between the United States and India. But a type of further components are the values that we share the values which are frequent to American democracy and to Indian democracy,” he added.
Last week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi and distanced himself from the BBC documentary collection, saying he “would not agree with the characterisation” of his Indian counterpart.
Mr Sunak made these remarks on the controversial documentary that was raised within the British Parliament by Pakistan-origin MP Imran Hussain.
“The UK authorities’s place on this has been clear and longstanding and hasn’t modified, after all, we do not tolerate persecution the place it seems wherever however I’m not certain I agree in any respect with the characterisation that the honourable gentleman has put ahead to,” Mr Sunak mentioned whereas responding to Hussain’s query on the BBC report.
UK’s nationwide broadcaster BBC aired a two-part collection attacking PM Narendra Modi’s tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister in the course of the Gujarat riots of 2002. The documentary sparked outrage and was faraway from choose platforms.
The Ministry of External Affairs responded to the BBC story by claiming that it was totally biased.
While addressing a weekly presser in New Delhi, MEA spokesperson
Arindam Bagchi mentioned, “We suppose this can be a propaganda piece. This has
no objectivity. This is biased. Do observe that this hasn’t been screened in India.
We do not need to reply extra on this in order that this does not get a lot dignity.”
He even raised questions on “the aim of the train and the agenda behind it.”
“The documentary is a mirrored image of the company and people which are peddling this narrative once more. It makes us marvel in regards to the objective of the train and the agenda behind it; frankly, we don’t want to dignify these efforts,” he added.
Referring to obvious remarks made by former UK Secretary Jack Straw within the documentary collection, Mr Bagchi mentioned “He (Jack Straw) appears to be referring to some inside UK report. How do I’ve entry to that? It’s a 20-year-old report. Why would we bounce on it now? Just as a result of Jack Straw says it how do they lend it that a lot legitimacy.”
“I heard phrases like inquiry and investigations. There is a purpose why we use the colonial mindset. We do not use phrases loosely. What inquiry they have been diplomats there…investigation, are they ruling the nation?” Mr Bagchi requested.
Prominent Indian-origin UK residents condemned the collection. Prominent UK citizen Lord Rami Ranger mentioned the “BBC precipitated a substantial amount of damage to over a billion Indians.”
Furthermore, the US Department spokesperson additionally mentioned that the US has all the time known as for regional stability in South Asia and that its relationships with India and Pakistan stand on their very own.
He additional acknowledged that the tempo and scope of dialogue between India and Pakistan is clearly a matter for the 2 international locations.
‘We’ve lengthy known as for regional stability in South Asia. Our relationships with India & Pakistan stand on their very own and we do not see them as zero-sum. But tempo, scope & character of any dialogue between India & Pakistan is a matter for the 2 international locations,” Price mentioned in the course of the briefing.
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