On human rights, India hits back at US | World News

Indian exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar has blamed “interests, lobbies and votebanks”; factors to rights violations within the United States.

WASHINGTON: In the wake of secretary of state Antony J Blinken saying the United States (US) is monitoring instances of elevated human rights abuses by Indian authorities, police and jail officers, exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar has mentioned that human rights points weren’t mentioned in bilateral dialogue, hinted that “interests, lobbies and votebanks” had pushed the US position, pointed to human rights violations within the US itself, and claimed that India wouldn’t be reticent in regards to the challenge.

Jaishankar additionally flagged the problem of a case on Tuesday, when two Indian-American Sikh males had been assaulted in an alleged hate crime in New York.

Saying that the problem of human rights had come up up to now – together with throughout Blinken’s go to to India final year – Jaishankar mentioned, “We did not discuss human rights in this meeting. This meeting was focused on pol-mil (political-military) issues.”

He added, “People are entitled to their views about us. But we are equally entitled to have views about their views and about the interests and lobbies and votebanks that drive that. Whenever there is a discussion, we will not be reticent about speaking out.”

India, it’s understood, believes that Blinken’s remark – which was one sentence in a reasonably expansive set of optimistic remarks in regards to the relationship – was pushed by the Democratic administration’s must cater to its “domestic constituency”. These embrace a set of progressive lawmakers, Muslim teams and human rights organisations.

The minister mentioned India additionally had views in regards to the human rights scenario, together with within the US. “We take up human rights issues when they arise in this country, especially when it pertains to our community. We had a case yesterday. That’s really where we stand on that matter.”

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