Misinformation being spread about India in West: Indian American doctor


In the middle of an election cycle in India, misinformation and false narratives are being created about Indian democracy in the West, a prominent Indian American doctor said on Sunday.

Chicago-based Dr. Baharat Barai hit out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for not taking action against Sikh separatists who are openly planning and supporting violence inside India, the PTI reported.

The Khalistan problem is only in Canada, maybe a little bit in the USA. If the US government wants to give them a piece of land, let them be happy. After all, they’re foreign citizens. They’re either citizens of the USA or citizens of Canada. They have no right to interfere in what is happening in India, Dr Barai told PTI in an interview in Washington.

“If they want a separate land for them, let (Canadian Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau give it to them. If the USA thinks that that’s a good idea (let them do so) we are standing right in front of Abraham Lincoln (memorial in Washington DC). What did he do when the South (US) wanted to secede? We had a civil war. In Washington DC he is being celebrated as the father of the nation,” he said.

This (Khalistan) is not a problem of India. Indian Sikhs don’t want to have anything to do with it. It is the foreign-born or foreign-living, Sikhs and only a very tiny fraction of them, Dr Barai said.

Referring to the number of news articles and commentaries appearing in the Western press, including that of the US, raising questions about democracy, freedom of expression, and human rights in India, the Indian American said that a section of the people is spreading misinformation and creating false narratives about India.

My feeling is that some of the people in the West still have a colonial mentality. They still think that they are the supreme judges of the world. They are the ones who are going to judge what happens in any other country in the world, and they are going to be the Ayatullahs who will give the ultimate word, Dr Barai said.

But this is a different India. It has become the fifth-largest economy in the world. It is also progressing militarily. It is staying truly non-aligned. It is friends with the USA, with the UK, Australia, and Germany. But it is also friends with Russia. So, India cannot be deterred by this kind of criticism, he said.

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