India is a Robust Democracy: MEA on Hamid Ansari’s Remarks on Rise of Majoritarianism

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File photo of MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi during a media briefing in New Delhi — Twitter/@ANI

The MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that people outside giving advice to India are “presumptuous and preposterous”.

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — As the right wing brigade turned its heat on former vice president Hamid Ansari for his remarks over India’s majoritarian shift at a virtual US Congressional briefing, the ministry of external affairs of Indi also responded in an aggressive tone as it said India is a vibrant democracy and does not need validation from anyone.

“We have seen reports on this event. India is a robust and vibrant democracy. It does not require certification from others,” The MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, adding that people outside giving advice to India are “presumptuous and preposterous”.

Bagchi also took a dig at participants and the organisers of the event, Hindus for Human Rights and Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), accusing them of biases and political interests.

“The track record of event organisers is as well known as the biases and political interests of the participants,” Bagchi said.

The garden variety trolls and even Bharatiya Janata Party functionaries and sitting ministers launched a tirade against Ansari after his 4 minute speech at the event surfaced on the internet. He expressed concern over rise of religious majoritarianism in the country in  recent years which triggered the anger of the rightwing who accused him of being a traitor and what not.

Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gave a press conference where he hit out at the former vice president and the event organisers calling them “Bharat bashing brigade” .

Meanwhile, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), in a Press release on Friday, condemned the baseless allegations made against it by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Reiterating that it has zero history of spreading communal violence in India, IAMC challenged Minister Naqvi and Modi government to furnish evidence to prove even one of these baseless and fraudulent claims.

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