Addressing recent remarks by US President Joe Biden regarding “xenophobia” impacting economies, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stressed India’s long-standing openness to people from various backgrounds. Jaishankar highlighted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as a testament to India’s welcoming stance, aiming to provide refuge to those in need.

In an interview with the Economic Times, Jaishankar refuted claims of India’s economy faltering, emphasizing the nation’s unique history of embracing diversity. He reiterated India’s tradition of inclusivity, noting its role as a home to people from diverse backgrounds throughout history.

Jaishankar defended the CAA against criticism, asserting that it has been misrepresented by some who falsely accuse it of discriminating against Muslims. He clarified that the CAA does not revoke citizenship from any individual, instead facilitating the citizenship process for non-Muslim refugees from neighboring countries.

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The ruling BJP party has faced allegations of politicizing the CAA, while opposition parties, led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have opposed or pledged to repeal the law.

Amidst the controversy surrounding Biden’s comments, the White House reiterated the President’s respect for allies like India and Japan. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre emphasized Biden’s commitment to strengthening diplomatic relations, highlighting his efforts over the past three years. She framed Biden’s remarks within a broader message celebrating America’s immigrant heritage and the power of diversity.