United States Presidential candidate and Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard gave a befitting reply to a critic who accused her of being an 'apologist' for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the video of the incident, a woman was seen questioning Tulsi over her being an 'apologist' and also said that the Indian-American Gabbard was instrumental in changing PM Modi's perception in the United States, citing the 2002 Gujarat riots.
In her response to the accusations, Tulsi Gabbard said: “Do you know what instigated those riots?” Tulsi also said that the woman was levying very serious accusations on her.
"You are levying a very serious accusation against me without presenting facts to back them up,” she said, adding, "My focus as a member of Congress has been how I can serve the US and its people"
Talking about the relationship that India and the United States share, Tulsi said that the India and U.S partnership is very important, and goes beyond party lines in the US, something that was evident in the reception for PM Modi in Houston recently, and also his relationship with both- former US President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump.
"India is our major partner in the Indo-Pacific region, The importance of this partnership has bi-partisan support".
Tulsi also said that President Obama worked closely with PM Modi and added that the India-US partnership is important in the region and said that the Indo-US association is vital not only for economic and security but also for educational and cultural reasons.
The woman then went on to accuse Tulsi of being funded from the RSS, to which Tulsi replied, "Back it up, if you're gonna make these arguments and make these claims you better have evidence to back it up, unless you're wrong, the contributions I get for my campaign are from American citizens. What you are doing right now is levying a criticism against American citizens, who happen to be Hindus, who are involved in our (American) democratic process, Tulsi added.