New York sources reported that the united states does not dictate to india but partners with it, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells declared on tuesday at a Congressional hearing on human rights in south Asia at which Representatives leveled caustic criticism of India’s action in kashmir after rescinding its special constitutional status. She said “This is not a relationship of dictation, it is a relationship of partnership”.
She was responding to Democratic Representative Anthony Brown who suggested that the US should take economic or other measures against india on the restrictions it has placed on Kashmir. Wells said that india, a country of 1.3 billion people, has survived four wars, the suspension of the constitution under then Prime Minister indira gandhi, “it has survived Maoist insurgencies and insurgencies in kashmir, and at the same time it has continue to lift people out of poverty and incrementally make advances and it is a relationship of partnership”.
Moreover during the hearings by the House of Representative Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in Washington that was to cover all of south Asia, almost all of the discussions centred on india, mostly ignoring human rights issues in Pakistan.