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‘International Khan Market gang’: Jaishankar on Western media’s portrayal of India | India News

NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar slammed the Western media and called the anti-India ecosystem the ‘international Khan Market gang‘. On the portrayal of India by the Western media, Jaishankar said we must ask “why they are doing it”. He said that just like there’s a ‘Khan Market gang’ in India, there also exists a global extension of it, ‘international Khan Market gang’.
“In the country today, there is a certain thought process, or entitlement process for which the metaphor of ‘Khan Market gang’ is a very good description.I want to tell you there is an international Khan Market gang as well,” Jaishankar said in an interview to news agency ANI.
“These are people who are sort of linked, you know, to the entitled people out here. They are socially comfortable with them. They know them. They feel like they advance similar viewpoints. They are essentially a kind of an elitist left-lib thought process. So there’s a symbiotic relationship between the two,” he said.
Talking about how they openly endorse leaders and parties, he said, “When the sales are down in the domestic Khan Market, the International Khan Market gang feels like, I need to pep up these guys and give them support and you can actually see which stories they play up, how do they slant things and in previous elections perhaps even in this one they’ve actually openly endorsed parties and will openly endorse leaders and openly said that this party or this leader is bad for India.”
Jaishankar also claimed that attempt is being made to influence the choices of voters. “I believe it is election influence certainly…And it’s not just them, you know, there’s a… See, it’s a… press, university, think tank, and in some cases maybe some degree of officialdom at some kind of medium level because the guys up there are very smart. They don’t get into this. So there is a very clear attempt being made, a very persistent attempt being made to actually influence the direction of Indian politics and the choices of the Indian voter,” he said.
Asked if his ministry gets riled up over editorials, Jaishankar said it is their job to contest, convince and communicate. “I don’t think we get riled up. But it is our job to contest, to convince and where necessary to communicate. If somebody, some newspaper or some medium whatever you know has a narrative and that narrative is unfair, if that narrative is untruthful, and we often encounter this, if it is very, very slanted, I do not think we should hesitate to call it out,” he said.

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