Joe Wilson,72, former co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and Republican Congressman, has appreciated Modi government’s stand on Jammu & Kashmir, promotion of economic development and ending gender and religious discrimination. IANS reports speaking in the House of Representatives dominated by Democratic Party, on Friday, December 20 he said: “The Indian Parliament, with multiparty support, voided the constitutional autonomy of Kashmir”. Americans are grateful, as the world’s oldest democracy to see India succeed as the world’s largest democracy, he added. Recalling the Independence Day address by Prime Minister Modi from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, he said it was inspiring and it was “extraordinary” to attend the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston where he was welcomed by President Donald Trump.”With 52,000 persons attending. It was the largest welcome event in American history for a head of state,” he said. Recalling his family’s 75-year-long association with India, Wilson told the House that he visited Mumbai this August to pay homage to all the people who lost their lives in “the Islamic extremist attacks of November 26, 2018, the Indian equivalent of the 9/11 mass murder”.”We will never forget September the 11 in the global war on terrorism with the leadership of President Donald Trump, the Republican Representative said. Incidentally, he is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district since 2001. He is a member of the House Republican Policy Committee and is an Assistant Republican Whip.
In September 2009, Wilson interrupted a speech by then U.S. President Barack Obama in the joint session of Congress by shouting “You lie!” .He was reprimanded by the House of Representatives. (image courtesy to cnn.com)
A US Congressman in the House of Representatives commended India for ending gender, caste and religious discrimination in Jammu and Kashmir by nullifying the special status of the state and also applauded the multiparty support that the Narendra Modi government received in Indian Parliament over Kashmir.