Donald Trump mocks PM Modi, evokes angry reactions from BJP, Congress

Donald Trump mocks PM Modi, evokes angry reactions from BJP, Congress

Donald Trump mocks PM Modi, evokes angry reactions from BJP, Congress

"Trump should know that while he is decrying every other help in (Afghanistan), India has been building not only libraries, but roads, dams, schools and even parliament building", Madhav said.

It should also scare Indians that the "smartest minds in the land" tasked with promoting their country's interests overseas hadn't a clue that Trump would be so offended by Modi constantly bragging about his much-touted Afghan library that he'd eventually be triggered into savagely disrespecting their national dignity on the world stage.

U.S. President Donald Trump is in the "process of evaluating" whether to withdraw some troops from Afghanistan, said Vice President Mike Pence. And he tells us and he's very smart, and we're supposed to say - Oh!

It was unclear to which project Trump was referring, but India has committed $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001, attacks. But it's one of those things. "I don't like being taken advantage of".

"Hope our government responds firmly and reminds America that since 2004, India has built extensive roads, dams in Afghanistan and pledged over United States dollars 3 billion in assistance", he tweeted.

Asked whether Trump would similarly pursue an Afghanistan withdrawal, as he has reportedly been debating, Pence said only that the idea was under active consideration.

Apart from helping build capacities of Afghan nationals and institutions in governance and public service, India has helped construct several infrastructure projects.

The Afghan war will come to an end if we go to Pakistan and offer a free trade agreement to get them to push the Taliban to the peace table, he added.

The Congress too condemned Trump for his remarks against Modi.

India has tried to be in the room when the Afghan peace process is discussed in multilateral fora.

Boosting connectivity is also a key pillar of India's partnership with Afghanistan.

"It is aimed at the welfare of the people of Afghanistan and for a tangible improvement in the lives of its people", the source said.

The Chabahar port on the southeastern coast of Iran jointly being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan is one such example.

Trump questioned the hesitation of other regional powers in getting involved in Afghanistan.

Mohib thanked India for its participation in Afghanistan's infrastructure projects and providing trainings for Afghan Security and Defense Forces, the statement added.

Perusal of Kallol Bhattacherjee's book The Great Game in Afghanistan Rajiv Gandhi, General Zia and the Unending War presents an interesting phase in Indo-US relations, wherein the US leadership in the 1980s sought India's assistance to discuss Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

It's not known whether Modi repeatedly did this on his regard or if he was advised to do so, but either way, the Indian government must have known that he was constantly bragging about this to Trump.

The government of India will deliver four more Mi-25 gunship helicopters to the Afghan Air Force with the delivery of two gunships scheduled for the month of March this year. Instead of ranting about India's contribution to the cause in Afghanistan, it would perhaps be wise for the U.S. administration to pressurise Islamabad to open a channel of communication with New Delhi and adopt a more realistic approach towards Afghanistan.

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