Member of European Parliament accuses Narendra Modi of having "problematic history of racism"

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PM Narendra Modi accused of 'racism'
London, July 25: A Spanish member of the European parliament (MEP), Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, has raised many eyebrows on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's lack or selective knowledge about India and its facts, reported media.

According to her, Modi has a "highly problematic history of racism", and that following the 2002 Gujarat riots, the United Kingdom had "announced a 10-year boycott".

Revealing another instance of selective knowledge, the MEP claimed that "During his electoral campaign, Modi reiterated his rhetoric on immigration, calling for all non-Hindus to leave India and go back to their own countries".

Barandica, who hails from the Basque region of Spain, wrote: "India's population includes a large number of minority groups who typically live in extremely poor conditions".

She asked three questions under Rule 30:

  • "What steps will the EU take, in cooperation with the Indian Government, to address the issue of inequality in India?"
  • "Is this issue of social, racial and religious discrimination part of the ongoing EU-India Free Trade Agreement negotiations?"
  • "Considering the fact that national policies on minorities could potentially pose a threat to peace and security in South Asia, is the EU pursuing a collective agreement with countries in the region to address such concerns?"

She addressed the question to the European Commission vice-president, and called on the EU to address the "issue of inequality" in India.

Barandica is part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe (ALDE).

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