India proud of achievements in human rights, democracy: Government

NEW DELHI: Ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s two-day visit to India on Tuesday, government sources here said on Sunday that the country was proud of its achievements in the areas of human rights and democracy and is always glad to share experiences.
Both human rights and democracy are universal and extend beyond the ntional or cultural perspective, government sources said and asserted that as a long-standing pluralistic society, India is open to engaging who recognize the value of diversity.
US had said on Saturday that Blinken will raise these issues during his visit to India. He is expected to meet the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, among other dignitaries including PM Narendra Modi.
Dean Thompson, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs told the media on Saturday that Blinken will raise issues of human rights and democracy with Indian officials during the visit. “With respect to the human rights and democracy question, yes, you’re right; I will tell you that we will raise it, and we will continue that conversation because we firmly believe that we have more values in common on those fronts,” Thompson said.
“We believe India is going to be a really important part of continuing those conversations and building strong efforts on those fronts in partnership as we go forward,” Thompson said in response to a question. It will be Blinken’s first visit to India after assuming charge as the US Secretary of State.