European parliament member accuses PM of ‘racism’

July 24, 2014 4:38 pm

A member of the European parliament (MEP) has raise a written question about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Izaskun Bilbao Barandica
 
Spanish MEP Member Izaskun Bilbao Barandica addressed the question to the European Commission vice-president, and called on the EU to address the “issue of inequality” in India. She is a part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe (ALDE) and comes from the Basque region of Spain.
 
According to Barandica, Modi has a “highly problematic history of racism”, and that following the 2002 Gujarat riots. She has also written that the United Kingdom had announced a 10-year boycott, but there was no such announcement happen at the time.
 
She also claimed that during Narendra Modi’s electoral campaign, he repeatedly state on immigration, calling for all non-Hindus (suspected immigrants) to leave India and go back to their own countries.
 
Barandica wrote ‘India’s population includes a large number of minority groups who typically live in extremely poor conditions’.
 
She raise three questions under Rule 30:
 
‘What steps will the EU take, in cooperation with the Indian Government, to address the issue of inequality in India?’
 
‘Is this issue of social, racial and religious discrimination part of the ongoing EU-India Free Trade Agreement negotiations?’
 
‘Considering the fact that national policies on minorities could potentially pose a threat to peace and security in South Asia, is the EU pursuing a collective agreement with countries in the region to address such concerns?’


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