Obama further said that if he talks to Modi, he will discuss the rights of ethnic minorities in India and what will happen if their rights are not protected.
Hours before the joint press statement of US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former US President Barack Obama said in an interview on Thursday (US local time) that During his conversation with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi Biden should mention the issue of “protection of Muslim minorities”. Obama further said that if he talks to Modi, he will discuss the rights of ethnic minorities in India and what will happen if their rights are not protected.
He said in an interview with CNN “If I were to talk to Mr. Modi – who I know very well – part of my argument would be that if you do not protect the rights of ethnic minorities in India, there is a strong possibility that India Will start to separate at some point. And we’ve seen what happens when you start having these kinds of big internal conflicts. This would be against the interests of India.
Congress leader Supriya Shrinate shared a clip of Barack Obama’s interview on Thursday.
Prime Minister on Minorities in India
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a press conference at the White House in Washington said that there is “absolutely no room for discrimination” in India. PM Modi’s statement came in response to a journalist’s question about the steps being taken by the government to improve the rights of Muslims and other minorities.
During a joint press statement with President Joe Biden, PM Modi also said that “democracy runs in our veins”. We are a democracy… Both India and America have democracy in their DNA. Democracy is in our soul and we live it and it is written in our constitution. Speaking about the rights of ethnic minorities in India, PM Modi said, there is absolutely no place for discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or religion.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hosted PM Modi for a state dinner, an honor usually reserved for America’s closest allies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day state visit to the United States, where he was given a warm welcome by the Indian diaspora.
Watch this video from 2.36 mins – There’s a message Mr Modi’s friend ‘Barack’ has for him.
Guess he’s also a part of an international conspiracy against Mr Modi? At least that’s what the bhakts would allege!
— Supriya Shrinate (@SupriyaShrinate) June 22, 2023