By Andrew MarrThe Indian ExpressNew Delhi: A few days after the US elections, the global media began to show their support for India’s first female Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Indian Express and Business Standard reported on the new leader’s success and her efforts to strengthen ties with the United States.
But their coverage was not enough for the United Nations.
India’s foreign affairs ministry, in a response to a question, wrote that “the United States does not view India as a reliable partner”.
The Timesof India, in its coverage, took exception.
In its editorial, titled “The Trump Effect”, the paper said that the US was “in a war of words with India” and suggested that “some of the US media, which is a major force behind this anti-India campaign, might try to distort the truth about Modi”.
The article quoted a United Nations spokesperson as saying that “it is the US government’s position that it has no intention of supporting the new Indian government.”
In its response, India’s ministry of foreign affairs also criticised the TimesofIndia.
“We have not received any response from any of the publications to the article,” it said.
A response from the New Delhi-based Indian Express, on the other hand, said that it had read the Times of Indian’s article and “is shocked at how the Times has misrepresented the Indian PM”.
In a separate piece, it reported that the Indian government was “unwilling to accept the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord”.
The Indian embassy in Washington DC has issued a clarification to its media team, in which it said the US withdrawal from the deal was “a unilateral decision” and that India was “not a party to the agreement”.
“India’s position on the Paris agreement is not negotiable, the Indian embassy has said,” the statement said.
The US embassy in New Delhi has not responded to repeated requests for comment.
India has long been a target of Trump’s policies, but the Trump presidency has caused a stir in India.
Last year, Trump said he would “probably” not attend the APEC summit in 2020 in Mexico.
The Trump administration also withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which the US and other major countries had signed.
Trump also said that India is “not going to take our place in the world” when it comes to the fight against terror.
India, however, is a staunch US ally, and Trump has spoken positively of India’s economy.
In November, Trump welcomed Modi at the White House.
“Congratulations to Prime Minister Modi on becoming the first Indian to be elected to the highest office in the land,” he said.
“He’s the right man for the job.
India is going to be one of the great nations of the world.”
But it is not the only story of how the Trump era in India has affected the media.
The Times newspaper in January this year reported that some members of the Indian media had been warned by the US to stop “misleading the world about India’s government”.
The paper cited an anonymous source from the ministry of information and broadcasting as saying the warning was “for the safety of journalists and their families”.
The India Today news channel, in January, said it had received a similar warning from the media regulator.
A few weeks ago, the country’s broadcasting regulator said it was investigating complaints about the bias in the media coverage of Modi.
It has also started investigating the newspaper that the Times cited.
“There are certain media outlets that are in conflict with the government,” said Rajesh Bhattacharya, director of the regulator’s media unit.
“That is not acceptable.
We are going to start a thorough inquiry.”
India has become the most vocal critic of Trump, as the Trump Administration has sought to curb trade and other global issues with India.
The United States is India’s largest trading partner.
Earlier this year, India blocked the sale of nearly two-thirds of the oil products it had requested from the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of being a proxy for Iran.
India also blocked a major Chinese investment project in the country and retaliated by halting the sale for six months of some US goods.
Trump’s administration has also tried to block India’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, a pact between the United Pacific, Asia Pacific and South East Asian nations.
India says it wants to join the trade deal, but Washington has resisted.
In May, Trump cancelled a bilateral meeting between Modi and President Xi Jinping.
The Chinese foreign ministry also threatened retaliation.
“It was a very tough decision,” said an Indian diplomat.
“In our view, the decision was taken against the interest of India.
But it was taken in the interests of China and the United Sates.”