Updated May 4th, 2024 at 17:19 IST

'India Open & Welcoming': Jaishankar's Sharp Retort to Biden's 'Xenophobia' Remarks, Cites CAA

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has rejected recent remarks by US President Joe Biden describing India as "xenophobic".

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India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar rejects US President Biden's remarks on xenophobia | Image:Republic Media

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has dismissed recent comments made by US President Joe Biden describing India as "xenophobic." Instead, he emphasised India's history of openness and hospitality towards individuals from diverse societies

Accorinding to a ANI report citing an English daily, Jaishankar refuted the allegation that the Indian economy was faltering. He said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government showcases India's welcoming approach.


On May 2, Biden had said the "xenophobic" nature of India, China, Japan and Russia is responsible for their economic troubles and argued that US's economy is growing because it welcomes immigrants to its soil. He made the statement while campaigning for his re-election at Washington fundraising event and argued that Japan, along with Russia and China, would perform better economically if the countries embraced immigration more.

Biden said, “Why? Because we welcome immigrants. We look to -- the reason -- look, think about it. Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they're xenophobic. They don't want immigrants.”


Jaishankar said, “First of all, our economy is not faltering. India is always... India has been a very unique country... I would say actually, in the history of the world, that it's been a society which has been very open... different people from different societies come to India."

Jaishankar stated that Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government showcases India's welcoming approach. He said, “That's why we have the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), which is to open up doors for people who are in trouble... I think we should be open to people who have the need to come to India, who have a claim to come to India.”


Rejecting the criticism of CAA, Jaishankar said, "There are people who publicly said on record that because of CAA, a million Muslims will lose their citizenship in this country." He further said, “Why are they not being held to account? Because nobody has lost citizenship.”

Meanwhile, hours after Biden termed India, Japan and other nations, "xenophobic," the White House clarified the President's intentions, emphasising his "respect" for allies and partners.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre asserted that the President's comments were part of a broader message emphasising the strength derived from America's immigrant heritage. She stressed that Biden's focus remains on bolstering diplomatic relationships with nations such as India and Japan, evident in his actions over the past three years.


"Obviously, we have a strong relationship with, India with Japan, and the President if you just look at the last three years has certainly focused on those diplomatic relationships," she said.

(With ANI inputs)


Published May 4th, 2024 at 13:34 IST