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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday took a swipe at major US media outlets, including The Washington Post, for their “biased” coverage of India.
“I look at the media. You know, there are some newspapers that you know, right, including one in this city, what they’re going to write,” Jaishankar told a crowd of Indian-Americans from across the country amid laughter and applause.
The prestigious Washington Post is a national newspaper published from Washington DC and currently owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
“My point is that there are biases, there are actually attempts, to judge, … the more India goes, the more people who believe they were the protectors and the shapers of India will lose ground in India, some of these debates will come out,” Jaishankar said. -Indian forces in this country.
Such groups, he asserted, “have not succeeded in India”. Such groups, the minister noted, would try to win from outside or try to shape India from outside.
“It’s something we have to be aware of. It’s important to compete. It’s not because most Americans don’t know what kind of nuances and issues are going on at home, so it’s important not to sit back and let other people define me. I feel that’s very important for us as a society,” he said.
Responding to a question on the misrepresentation of the Kashmir issue in the US capital, the foreign minister said that if there is a terrorist incident, it does not matter which faith the victim belongs to; If there are kidnapped Indian soldiers or Indian policemen; Those working for the government or citizens going about their business, who will lose their lives.
“You often hear people talk about that; To spell it out, really, look at the media coverage. What does the media cover up, what does the media cover up? That’s really how opinions and feelings are shaped,” he said.
“There’s a big song and dance about the internet being cut. Now, if you have come to the point of saying that internet cuts are more dangerous than loss of human lives, what can I say?” Jaishankar said amid applause from the audience.
“If you look at A (Essay) 370-problem. A provisional provision of the constitution was finally terminated, which was deemed to be the act of the majority. It should be a majority. Tell me what is happening in Kashmir is not the majority?, I think the way the facts are skewed, things are unfolding. Confusion about what is right and what is wrong. This is really politics that works,” he said.
“We must not let it go. We must compete in it. We must educate. We must shape the narrative. It is a competitive world. We must get our messages out. That is my message to you.”
“We are not serving our country or our beliefs well, or even our sense of right and wrong, but staying out of these debates. I think we have opinions and we need to express them and share them with people, what is right and what is wrong. We must teach others that it is wrong.
“370 If you look at the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, I honestly believe it will blow my mind. There should also be people whose merit is so obvious that they actually think differently,” he said.
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