US free to interact with Modi, but must apply standards consistent with its policy on human rights: Khurshid

Over Modi-Powell meeting, Khurshid hoped America would apply standards consistent with their human rights policies.

New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2014 9:01 am
Holding that the US was free to interact with Modi, Khurshid, however, said "there are lot of things that they will not and we should not put behind." Holding that the US was free to interact with Modi, Khurshid, however, said “there are lot of things that they will not and we should not put behind.”

Ahead of US envoy Nancy Powell’s meeting with Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday hoped America will apply with regard to the Gujarat Chief Minister the standards consistent with its policies in dealing with issues like human rights.

Holding that the US was free to interact with Modi, Khurshid, however, said “there are lot of things that they will not and we should not put behind.”

Khurshid hoped Americans, Europeans and other countries would apply standards consistent with their policies in dealing with issues of human rights.

He said that in the past, India was lectured by a number of countries on human rights and it would be interesting to “know what Powell tells Modi.”

“He is not the example that should be seen as an Indian. We are a country that believes in Gandhian way of life, compassion, service without recognition and none of these terms applies to Modi,” he said.

Meanwhile, External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said it was normal for foreign embassies to make a request for facilitating meetings with “constitutionally-elected functionaries” of India.

“The request was made quite sometime back and the MEA said they could proceed with the meeting with the constitutionally-elected functionary. It is a normal courtesy extended to all the heads of missions,” he said.

Asked how he saw the upcoming meeting, the spokesman said “we consider the meeting between the Ambassador of a country, which has friendly relations with India, and a constitutionally-elected functionary of a state,” he said.

Signalling an end to nine years of boycott of Modi in the aftermath of post-Godhra riots, Powell is meeting the Gujarat Chief Minister on Thursday in Gandhinagar.

Khurshid said “as far as any other country treating him or for that matter any other political party dealing with him, everything has to be done on merit.

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    Ajay mittal
    Feb 12, 2014 at 12:44 am
    Our FM is lecturing the Americans about following their own Human Rights policies !! The Americans will want to know from Kurshid whether his country follows any human rights policies- their own or any other & whether they have any of their own? We saw from the recent Devyani episode what human rights guarantees and protections we have for Indians from lower socio-economic strata. None whatsoever. With what face does Kurshid lecture the Americans?
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      Ajay mittal
      Feb 12, 2014 at 12:44 am
      Our FM is lecturing the Americans about following their own Human Rights policies !! The Americans will want to know from Kurshid whether his country follows any human rights policies- their own or any other & whether they have any of their own? We saw from the recent Devyani episode what human rights guarantees and protections we have for Indians from lower socio-economic strata. None whatsoever. With what face does Kurshid lecture the Americans?
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        Sri
        Feb 11, 2014 at 11:50 pm
        What about corruption Mr Khurshid? Congress and its hian ways indeed!!!
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          Samanya Aadmi
          Feb 12, 2014 at 12:45 am
          Where is Nanajee's 92 lacs??
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            Samanya Aadmi
            Feb 12, 2014 at 12:45 am
            Where is Nanajee's 92 lacs??
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              Samanya Aadmi
              Feb 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm
              Where is Nanajee's 92Lacs?
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                Samanya Aadmi
                Feb 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm
                Where is Nanajee's 92Lacs?
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                  Dharma
                  Feb 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm
                  Talking about merit, Mr Kurshid, the right place for you and your congress party is the garbage bin - which the people will hand you in the next elections.
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