Jaishankar hits out at US media over ‘biased’ coverage of India


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has criticized mainstream US media, including the Washington Post, for their “biased” coverage of India.

”I watch the media. You know, there are newspapers that you know exactly what they are going to write, including one in this town,’ Jaishankar told a gathering of Indian-Americans from across the country amid laughter and applause on Sunday. .

The prestigious Washington Post is the national daily newspaper published in Washington DC and is currently owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

”What I mean is that there are prejudices, there are really efforts, to determine, … Listen, the more India follows its path and the people who believe that they were India’s keepers and shapers are losing ground in India, more in fact, some of those debaters are going to come out,” Jaishankar said in response to a question about the rise of anti-India forces there.

Such groups, he claimed, “are not winning in India”. Such groups, the minister noted, will try to win from outside or try to shape India from outside.

”It’s something we need to be aware of. It is important to challenge. It’s not because most Americans won’t know the nuances and complexities of coming home, so it’s important not to sit back, to not let others define me. This is something that as a community is very important to us,” he said.

Responding to a question about the misrepresentation of the Kashmir issue in the US capital, Jaishankar said if there was a terrorist incident, it does not matter what religion the person killed belongs to.

”If there are Indian soldiers or Indian policemen who are kidnapped; If there are people working for the government, or citizens going about their business, who is going to lose their lives?” he added.

”How often do you hear people talking about it; pronouncing it, in fact, look at the media coverage. What does the media cover and what does the media not cover?” asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This is how opinions and perceptions are actually formed, he pointed out.

”There’s a big song and a big dance about the internet shutting down. Now, if you’ve reached the point where you’re saying that an internet shutdown is more dangerous than the loss of life, then what can I say? Jaishankar said to applause from the audience.

“If you look at A (Article) 370-issue. What was a temporary provision of the Constitution was finally put to rest, it was supposed to be an act of majority. It was supposed to be majority. Tell me what was happening in Kashmir was not majority? I think the way the facts are skewed, things are presented. What is good, what is bad is confused. This is actually politics at work.

”We shouldn’t give up. We should challenge it. We should educate. We should shape the narrative. It’s a competitive world. We have to get our messages across. This is my message to you,” he said.

”We don’t serve our country well or our beliefs, or even our sense of right and wrong, but by staying out of these debates. I think we have opinions, we have to express them, we have to share them with people, we have to educate others about what is right and what is wrong.

”I honestly believe that if you look at the whole situation in Jammu and Kashmir, to me it is mind-boggling. Something whose merits were so obvious, should even have people who would think differently,” Jaishankar said.

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