United States: Earlier in response to a question on the challenges of democracy in India, Blinken said that democratic values and free citizenship define India. Blinken said the US views India through the prism of common democratic values and there are challenges that could be ‘ugly’ that need to be tackled through a “corrective mechanism”.
The exchange took place in a matter of hours – Blinken remarked in a roundtable meeting with civil society leaders and joint media conversations.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday presented a three-point blueprint in response to his US counterpart Antony Blinken’s reference to the challenges of democracy.
The template was announced by Jaishankar at a joint press conference after his conversation with Blinken. “The quest for complete democracy applies to America as much as it does to India. [On this] we had a good conversation. Correcting historical wrongs is a moral obligation and our policies fall into that category. Freedom Compares Governance Or not because of lack of governance,” suggested Jaishankar.
Additionally, Blinken said,“Our shared values and democratic traditions were part of our conversation. This relationship is so strong because it is the relationship between two democracies. Americans admire the commitment of Indians to rights, democracy and pluralism. Indian democracy is governed by its free minded citizens. I approach this with humility. America also has challenges. The search is for a more perfect union, which means we are not perfect.Sometimes, the challenges can be painful, even ugly.”
Blinken said, In his opening remarks at the civil society meeting, “The Indian people and the American people believe in human dignity, equality of opportunity, including the rule of law, fundamental freedoms, freedom of religion and belief. We believe that all people have their own right. Governments deserve to have a voice and be treated with respect, no matter what. These are the fundamental principles of a democracy like ours, and we aim to give real meaning to these words and continually renew our commitment to these ideals.”
Blinken said: “We want to strengthen our democratic institutions, expand access to justice and opportunity, stand for those values at the heart of our democratic system.”