Washington: “I’m not familiar with the documentary you’re referring to, however, I am very familiar with the shared values that enact the United States and India as two thriving and vibrant democracies,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday.
Addressing a press briefing, Price said there are numerous elements that bolster the US’ global strategic partnership with India which include political, economic and exceptionally deep people-to-people ties.
He also stressed the fact that the partnership that the US shares with India is exceptionally deep and that both nations share the values that are common to American democracy and to Indian democracy.
Last week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi and distanced himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he “doesn’t agree with the characterisation” of his Indian counterpart.
The Ministry of External Affairs responded to the BBC story by claiming that it was entirely biased. Arindam Bagchi said, “We think this is a propaganda piece. This has no objectivity. This is biased. Do note that this hasn’t been screened in India.”
He raised questions on “the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it.” Prominent Indian-origin UK citizens condemned the series. Lord Rami Ranger said the “BBC caused a great deal of hurt to over a billion Indians.”
Furthermore, the US Department spokesperson said that the US has always called for regional stability in South Asia and that its relationships with India and Pakistan stand on their own. He stated that the pace and scope of dialogue between India and Pakistan is clearly a matter for the two countries.
“We’ve long called for regional stability in South Asia. Our relationships with India & Pakistan stand on their own and we don’t see them as zero-sum. But pace, scope & character of any dialogue between India & Pakistan is a matter for the two countries,” Price said.