Narrative Created That Democracy Is Dead In India: Harish Salve

Former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve said the perception of India is changing, and no country would like any country to outpace them.

Senior advocate Harish Salve

Former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve has said false narratives are being created about "the death of democracy" in India.

Salve said the creation of these kind of interviews is aimed stalling the country's progress. 

Salve said “today courts were being used by countries to try and stall India's progress,” reported NDTV.

He said the perception of India is changing.

He explained that no country would like to progress other nation more than it.

Citing example of China, he said India is in direct conflict with it.

He said a “narrative” is created that democracy is dead in India, since nobody can say anything about the country’s progress.

He said biggest proof that democracy is alive in India is that those people who are creating the narrative are still able to live in the country. 

He also said India was at the negotiating table on equal footing with the UK on a Free Trade Agreement(FTA).

He also said India is channelizing its resources to bring back fugitives like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya.

He added India was pushing the UK government to accelerate the process in this regard.

"The problem in the UK is that the first step to extradition, which is judicial, is done for both Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya. The final step has to be taken, now that all legal steps are completed. But now there is some asylum claim...," he said in his interview to NDTV.

He said India is engaged in hard negotiations for the FTA, while saying the country’s stance was correct.

"Today we are at the negotiating table on equal terms, so it is taking time," he said in the interview.

He also said UK's eagerness to sign the FTA with India was inconsistent with the delay over sending fugitives to India.

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