India’s Awkward Role in Democracy Summit

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Muhammad Zamir Assadi
India has always been regarded as having a good relationship with the United States, not just buying American weapons, but the United States will give India a ride at any meeting, so that Modi will show off. Recently, the United States directed and performed a so-called “Democracy Summit” and invited many countries including India to participate. Modi himself was in full bloom. After all, India has always been proud of being the “greatest democracy” in the world. This invitation from the United States can be considered as giving enough face. Modi can go back for a long time. Unfortunately, the domestic media in India did not buy it this time. Many media criticized the US “Democracy Summit”, resolutely opposed Modi’s participation, and gave their own reasons. After Modi decided to participate in the so-called “democracy summit” in the United States, the Indian media The Wire publicly criticized the “democracy summit” in the United States and warned Modi not to participate in it. The reason given by the Indian media are very simple. The United States is not qualified to teach India what democracy is. When the Americans are still killing the aborigines, India has begun to practice democracy. On the contrary, the United States has repeatedly accused India of democracy. After this visit, the United States will certainly more frequently accuse and interfere in India’s internal affairs. Yes, there are some places in this article that seem very unreliable. Indians are still a little ahead, but their understanding of the United States is still very good. Both India and India know that the purpose of this meeting in the United States is to formulate “rules” for other countries so that other countries can act according to the rules formulated by the United States. India’s democracy problem was not favored by the United States before, and I am afraid that it will become the hardest hit by the United States in the future. Actually, we can see a lot from the invitation. There is no India on Biden’s main invitation list. The reason why the United States invited India is very simple, because India helps to balance China. In other words, Americans still look down on India. This invitation to Modi is just “charity”. India is very proud of its own system, and many people in India can not accept such an insulting invitation from the United States. For such a “democracy summit”, from the perspective of India’s own interests, participation is undoubtedly pushing itself into the fire pit. India’s “Independent” also published an article expressing disdain for this “democracy summit”, arguing that a series of riots and political struggles are taking place in the United States, and the Biden administration is not qualified to “teach” other countries. Americans themselves can’t talk about democracy, but now they are trying to formulate so-called “international rules”, which is a trampling on democracy. Indian media severely criticized this, but Modi finally chose to participate. After all, this conference is actually just wearing the cloak of “democracy”. The Indian media The Wire ? 8 published an article on the 8th, calling on Prime Minister Modi not to attend the so-called “democracy summit” to be held in the United States, because India does not need to learn “democracy tutorial” from the United States, and at the same time, the “summit” may contain the tricks of the US government to intervene in the internal affairs of India and other countries. The article points out that every country has the right to design the political system that suits its own civilization best. As an ancient civilization, India had been practicing and evolving its own political system before the Americans killed its indigenous people. The leaders of the older generation of India imposed the Western democratic system on the Indian people, deprived the Indian civilization of its glory and prosperity, delayed the national rejuvenation of India for decades, and brought great historical tragedy to India.The article emphasizes that no one will agree with American leaders waving the “Blue Book of Democracy” to the leaders of other countries, and it is impossible for Modi to learn anything from this “Democracy Summit”, and it is very likely that the US government will interfere in India’s domestic affairs. The article reads: “According to the pretentiousness of Americans in the past, they will take the liberty to tell us’ what’s wrong with Indian democracy ‘”.Unfortunately, the agenda of this “summit” will focus on “internal reform and international initiatives”. “This is an almost undisguised trick to interfere in the internal affairs of India and other countries”.The article mentioned that the United States invited some non-governmental organizations to participate in the “Summit”, which is puzzling; However, considering the warning from India’s national security adviser, it is not difficult to find out the problem. The consultant once called intelligence officials to analyze how the forces that are not conducive to India’s national interests infiltrate, lurk, manipulate Indian non-governmental organizations and peddle western society. The article points out that if Modi attends the meeting and is on an equal footing with these non-governmental organizations, it will certainly inspire those groups and individuals who provoke the situation of Indian people.The article points out that the record of American leadership is also very bad in observing the rules. It is “hypocritical” that a country like the United States, which does not have an independent election commission, often dares to act as the third referee in democratic elections in other countries. On September 25th, Modi delivered a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, saying that although India’s independence is only 75th anniversary, India has a democratic tradition of thousands of years and is the “mother of democracy”. He cited many examples to prove that India’s democratic system has a long history, and believed that the diversity of the country is a symbol of its strong democratic system. Modi also expressed his own experience, saying that he grew up as a child who helped his father sell tea to the prime minister, which highlighted the power of Indian democracy.It’s not uncommon for Modi to praise India’s “democracy”, but directly defining India as “the mother of democracy” is still attracting much attention.Even India’s “the print” news network reported that some netizens questioned Modi’s statement, because most countries recognized that the first democratic institution in the world was born in ancient Greece. Modi made a high-profile speech at the United Nations General Assembly and the Indian Parliament severely criticized him at home.The Congress Party believes that Biden’s and Harris’ statements are valuable, because the Modi government has been trampling on India’s democratic system and constitutional values.Examples include the Modi government’s suppression of farmers’ protests.Before the election in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, Modi split voters by issuing religious statements.Besides India, some people in the United States protested Modi’s violation of human rights. Before Modi visited the White House, dozens of Indians protested in front of the White House, accusing Modi of undermining China’s religious freedom and fascism.In addition, just when Modi praised India’s “democracy” in a high-profile manner at the UN General Assembly, people in India-controlled areas held a rally on 25th to protest against Modi’s government’s violation of local human rights. In fact, some global index rankings also indicate that democracy in India is going backwards. For example, in the past six years, the ranking of Indian democracy index published by The Economist Intelligence Unit has dropped from 27th to 53rd, dropping by 26 places. Christopher Cavli, a French scholar, wrote in his new book about Modi and the rise of Hindu nationalism that under Modi’s rule, India became a “state democracy”. Among them, Hindus account for the majority, Christians and Muslims become second-class citizens, and are excluded from the imaginary international community. At the federal and state levels, the BJP government passed laws to protect Hinduism and its symbols. Modi also hollowed out institutions that might limit his power. Elections have always been the highlight of Indian democracy evaluation. These large-scale democratic elections boast of having a high turnout rate and are guided by historically impartial election committees. India’s democracy has only one democratic institutional framework, which is advertised as the most populous democracy in the world. However, internally, feudal superstition prevails, political parties struggle for power, management at all levels is seriously corrupt, and the vast rural areas are feudalized. India has not completely completed the agrarian revolution, and many farmers have no land of their own. How can there be democracy? India’s hunger index and nutrition index are in a state of serious lack of nutrition, ranking 112th in the world and being listed as the most serious country, while India is the world’s largest food exporter. If India, a democratic country, can’t guarantee the people’s basic rations, what’s the use of this democratic halo? The so-called democracy in India is just like a hollowed-out watermelon. Watermelon is on the surface, but potatoes are the meat inside. Then, should it be watermelon or potato?
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