External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj spoke in the Lok Sabha today on racial attacks against Indians in foreign countries, especially in the United States
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj spoke in the Lok Sabha today on racial attacks against Indians in foreign countries, especially in the United States and what kind of action the government of India, especially the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) took to bring quick relief to the affected people in these foreign lands. A number of horrific racial crimes have been carried out by fringe elements in the US especially directed against Indians based on their skin colour with the criminals shouting that they ‘should go back to your own country’.
This has happened especially frequently since new President Donald Trump took over from Barack Obama recently. Trump has been a vocal critic of immigration and illegal immigrants in the US and has vowed a crackdown. This has caused some extremist-minded people to carry out reprehensible attacks on people with dark skin or those who sport long hair and beards as well as turbans. The Indian government has quickly jumped to the affected people’s aid and approached the Trump administration. Sushma Swaraj, speaking today, highlighted these acts of the government and cited cases where she herself intervened personally.
Addressing the Lok Sabha, the External Affairs Minister said that safety and security of Indians was the government’s top most priority. She informed about her talks with the families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Deep Rai and said that she had raised these issues with the highest authorities in the United States of America. She assured that the US authorities including President Donald Trump had strongly condemned the attacks and quoted the letter of Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s wife which had stated that all the help extended to her at the time was deeply appreciated. It must be noted that this was Sushma Swaraj’s first speech in the parliament after her kidney surgery and even the speaker of the house extended her welcome to the External Affairs Minister.