During the two-day visit, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken planned to upgrade New Delhi’s human rights record.
After Washington stated that Blincoln plans to improve New Delhi’s human rights record, a source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said India is proud of its diverse traditions and was pleased to discuss this issue with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken during his visit on Tuesday.
The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces charges of suppressing dissent, pursuing a separatist policy to attract its Hindu nationalist base and alienate the country’s largest minority Muslim.
Before Brinken’s first visit as secretary of state, the US State Department said he would discuss India’s human rights record and the Modi government’s religious-based citizenship law that was promulgated by the Modi government two years ago that was considered discriminatory by Muslims.
Sources in the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that human rights and democracy are universal issues and transcend specific countries or cultures.
A source said that India is a long-standing and diverse society and is willing to contact “those who now recognize the value of diversity.”
According to government policy, the source cannot be determined.
India and the United States are establishing close political and security relations to counter China’s increasingly tough attitude in the region. Both sides said that Brinken’s trip was aimed at furthering cooperation.
However, activists said that India’s atmosphere of intolerance is getting worse and that the United States must rely on the Modi government to maintain diversity and democratic values, especially when the two countries are closer to confront the authoritarian China.
Dean Thompson, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department, told reporters that the United States will continue to have dialogues with India on human rights issues because this is the common value of the two countries.