Trump’s ‘look at India, it’s filthy’ comment fires up Twitter in India

Trump's 'look at India, it's filthy' comment fires up Twitter in India - We The World
Image courtesy of The White House via Flickr

US President’s comment on India during the last presidential debate before the November election has fired up the Indian Twitter, with a myriad of expressions — from anger to introspection.

Trump said ‘look at India, it’s filthy’ referring to the abysmally low quality of air in some parts of India, as the US president defended his stance with opponent Joe Biden for withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.

#Howdi, Modi was trending on Twitter as users parodied Trump’s apparent show of friendship with Modi. Some people pointed out Modi’s Namaste Trump event which was a massive organization by the Indian federal government to receive Trump.

Howdy Modi was the name of the event of receiving Modi in the US, which was attended by 50K people — one of the largest ever receptions of a foreign leader on the US soil. Trump called it a ‘profoundly historic’ moment.

Trump’s filthy India comments also come after the US president referred to Modi as his ‘great friend’ a month back while addressing the Indian Americans in the US who’ll be voting next months. He has always upheld his ‘friendship’ with Modi.

One of the most controversial changes in American diplomacy under the aegis of Trump was withdrawing the US from the Paris Accord – an agreement of over 180 nations to unitedly battle the global rise of temperature.

“Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India. The air is filthy. I walked out of the Paris Accord as we had to take out trillions of dollars and we were treated very unfairly,” Trump said during the second and final debate before the November elections.

Some people contemplated the somber condition of some Indian cities and posted images of polluted cities on Twitter along with hashtags #FilthyIndia and #Doland.

NDTV noted this is the second time Trump hurled a critical remark on India during the presidential debate. In the first debate, Trump questioned India’s accuracy in reporting the number of COVID-19 infections and other data.

“It’s hurting, but we can’t force someone to respect us. Respect earned not demanded. Folded hands. Our next goals should be: 1. Discourage private fossil fuel vehicles. 2. Subsidize public transport. 3. Promote E-vehicles. 4. No vehicle zones. 6. Public transport day,” one user tweeted.

“We built a wall to hide the slums, gave him broccoli samosas and he called us filthy. This is the beginning of a beautiful katti, Doland,” wrote another Twitter user.

Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said:

“What an unfortunate comment to make about India, @realDonaldTrump. Reminder: India stands committed to climate change goals, the US chose to withdraw, much against the wishes of many Americans. Thank you.”

Climate politics

Trump has time and again blamed the climate game on Indian and China, which accounts for 7 percent of global emissions in 2017, the Global Carbon Project data published in December 2018 says.

While China’s remarks on climate change may not be entirely true, the same can be applied in case of India. Cities like New Delhi is facing the worst air quality in the recent weeks.

North Indian cities chronically suffer from what doctors call a “deadly cocktail of poisonous gases”, as winter along with other factors taint the air quality severely.

But emissions of the US are by far greater than that of India, accounting for 15 percent of the global emissions. China, the US, European Union precedes India in terms of pollution as the top three highest emitters of the globe.

Kamala Harris, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate assured that if chosen in Office, the US will reenter the Paris Accord, We The World reported earlier.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Share this story: Trump’s ‘look at India, it’s filthy’ comment fires up Twitter in India