India may start ‘pulling apart’ if government doesn’t protect minority rights: Barack Obama

by Muslim Mirror Staff

Former US President Barack Obama expressed apprehensions about India, stating on Thursday, June 22, that New Delhi runs the risk of “pulling apart” if it fails to uphold the rights of its Muslim minority. He further urged for this issue to be addressed during the ongoing US visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Obama stated that given the opportunity, he would engage in a conversation with Prime Minister Modi to address concerns regarding the safeguarding of the rights of ethnic minorities in India.

“I think it is true that if the president meets with Prime Minister Modi, then the protection of the Muslim minority in a majority-Hindu India, that’s something worth mentioning.”

“If I had a conversation with Prime Minister Modi, who I know well, part of my argument would be that if you do not protect the rights of ethnic minorities in India, that there is a strong possibility at some point that India starts pulling apart,” Obama said.

“We’ve seen what happens when you start getting those kinds of large internal conflicts. So that would be contrary to the interests not just of Muslim India but also of Hindu India,” he added.

Obama reflected on his time as the President and acknowledged that he had to navigate relationships with numerous political leaders with whom he held differing views and ideologies.

“The president of the United States has a lot of equities,” he said. “And when I was president, I would deal with figures in some cases who were allies, who, you know, if you pressed me in private, do they run their governments and their political parties in ways that I would say are ideally democratic? I’d have to say no.”

PM Modi’s US visit

During his State visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the White House on Thursday, where he was received by approximately 7,000 Indian Americans gathered on the South Lawn. The Prime Minister was dressed in a white kurta complemented by a sky-blue jacket.

In attendance to welcome him was the US delegation, led by Vice President Kamala Harris. On the Indian side, the delegation was headed by Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, and Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Sandhu.

While welcoming PM Modi, Biden said, “I have long believed that the relationship between the US and India will be one of the most defining relationships of the 21st century. The challenges and opportunities facing the world in this century require that India and the United States work and lead together.”

(with inputs from agencies)

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  1. India will follow Myanmar way and will become a Koran or Muslim Free Nation if there is violent conflict between Hindus and Muslims in the country. Muslim got their Pakistan then why are now they are breeding like pigs in India.


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