“I am not familiar with the documentary you are referring to, but I am very familiar with the shared values that portray the United States and India as two thriving and vibrant democracies,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said. further Monday, in response to a media inquiry about a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that has sparked controversy since it was released.
At a news conference Monday (local time), Price said there are numerous elements that strengthen the US-India global strategic partnership, which includes political, economic and exceptionally deep people-to-people ties.
Calling Indian democracy a vibrant democracy, he said, “We pay attention to everything that unites us and we try to strengthen all those elements that unite us,” while underscoring the diplomatic ties that the US and India share .
He also emphasized the fact that the partnership that the US shares with India is exceptionally deep and that both nations share values common to American democracy and Indian democracy.
“I’m not aware of this documentary you’re referring to, but I would say in general terms that there are a number of elements that underpin the global strategic partnership that we have with our Indian partners.
Between the United States and India there are strong political ties, economic ties, and exceptionally deep human ties. But one of those additional elements is the values that we share, the values that American democracy and Indian democracy share in common,” he added.
Last week, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi and distanced himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he “didn’t agree with the characterization” of his Indian counterpart.
Mr Sunak made the comments about the controversial documentary being raised in the UK Parliament by Pakistani MP Imran Hussain.
“The UK Government’s position on this has long been clear and has not changed. Of course we do not condone persecution wherever it crops up, but I’m not sure I agree at all with the characterization put forward by the honorable sir,” Mr Sunak said in reply to Hussain’s question about the BBC report.
British national broadcaster BBC aired a two-part series in which he attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as Gujarat chief minister during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The documentary sparked outrage and was removed from select platforms.
The Foreign Office responded to the BBC story by claiming it was completely biased.
During an address to a weekly press in New Delhi, MEA spokesman
Arindam Bagchi said: “We think this is a propaganda piece
no objectivity. That’s biased. Note that this has not been verified in India.
We don’t want to answer that anymore, so that it doesn’t get a lot of dignity.”
He even asked questions about the “purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it.”
“The documentary is a reflection of the agency and the people who are re-broadcasting this narrative. We wonder about the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it. Honestly, we don’t want to acknowledge those efforts,” he added.
Referring to apparent remarks made by former UK secretary Jack Straw in the documentary series, Mr Bagchi said: “He (Jack Straw) appears to be referring to an internal UK report. How do I access it? It’s a 20 year old report. Why should we rush into it now? Just because Jack Straw says so, how do they give him so much legitimacy.
“I’ve heard words like investigation and investigation. There’s a reason we use the colonial mindset. We don’t use words loosely. asked Mr. Bagchi.
Prominent British citizens of Indian origin condemned the series. Prominent British citizen Lord Rami Ranger said the BBC had caused great harm to over a billion Indians.
In addition, the US State Department spokesman said that the US has always called for regional stability in South Asia and that its relations with India and Pakistan stand on their own.
He further stated that the pace and scope of the India-Pakistan dialogue is clearly a matter for the two countries.
We have long called for regional stability in South Asia. Our relations with India and Pakistan stand on their own and we do not see them as a zero-sum game. But the pace, scope and character of any dialogue between India and Pakistan is up to the two countries,” Price said during the briefing.
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