Jaishankar dismisses biden's "Xenophobic" remark, defends India's economic growth; Here's what he said

Jaishankar emphasized India's inclusive ethos, highlighting the nation's history of welcoming people from various backgrounds.

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New Delhi: In response to US President Joe Biden's recent remarks labeling several countries, including India, as "xenophobic," Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar vehemently rejected the characterization, asserting India's longstanding tradition of openness and diversity.

India's openness and economic strength

Jaishankar emphasized India's inclusive ethos, highlighting the nation's history of welcoming people from various backgrounds. Refuting Biden's assertion about India's economy, Jaishankar stated, "First of all, our economy is not faltering." He supported this claim by citing India's robust economic growth, noting its status as the fastest-growing major economy globally in recent years and its ascent to becoming the fifth-largest global economy.

President Biden's remarks

President Biden's comments, made during a fundraising event in Washington on May 2, implied that countries like India, China, and Japan were experiencing economic challenges due to xenophobia. He attributed America's economic success to its openness to immigrants.

India's stance on immigration

Jaishankar countered Biden's assertions by highlighting India's compassionate approach, exemplified by initiatives like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He emphasized the CAA's aim to provide refuge to those facing persecution, reflecting India's willingness to embrace those in need.

Critique of western media bias

Jaishankar also criticized certain sections of the Western media for their biased coverage, pointing to their ideological agenda and lack of objectivity. He cited the coverage of anti-Israel protests in American universities as an example, suggesting a broader attempt to shape the global narrative, including targeting India.

White House clarifies

In response to the diplomatic fallout caused by Biden's remarks, the White House issued a clarification, emphasizing the President's respect for allies like India and Japan. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre underscored Biden's commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties with these nations over the past three years, despite the recent controversy.