Former US President Barack Obama has commented on Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States and emphasized the need for
President Joe Biden to raise concerns about the rights of minority groups in
India. Obama went as far as to suggest that India might face divisions and
potential disintegration if the rights of ethnic minorities are not protected.
Obama expressed that it is critical for the US President to
uphold principles and address upsetting trends, whether publicly or behind
closed doors. He stressed the noteworthiness of safeguarding the rights of
minority communities in India.
Obama asserted that if he had the opportunity to talk with
Prime Minister Modi, he would argue that dismissing the rights of ethnic minorities
might lead to significant inside conflicts.
He noted that such conflicts are not only detrimental to the
Muslim population in India but would also affect the Hindu community. Thus, he
called for open and fair discussions on these important issues.
The full interview, scheduled to be aired on Thursday night,
highlighted Obama's belief that engaging with leaders of other countries, even
those with imperfect equitable records is a significant portion of a
President's responsibilities. He recognized the relevance of such engagements
for national security and economic interests.
These remarks from Obama came amidst Prime Minister Modi's
visit to the United States, during which he got a warm welcome at the White
House. The Indian Prime Minister was greeted with ceremonial honors, including
a 19-gun salute and the playing of national anthems.
Obama's comments underscore the importance of addressing the
rights of minority groups, especially Muslims in India, during diplomatic
engagements. It highlights the ongoing discussions surrounding democratic
values and inclusivity within the context of international relations.
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