Washington: Top Republican leader John McCain has came out strongly against efforts to “demonise” India as a destination of shipping US jobs, saying there was no “Indian plot to steal American jobs”.
“We cannot allow our anxieties about globalisation to cause us to demonise India for crass political gain,” McCain said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think tank.
“Outsourcing is an inescapable feature of today’s global economy, not an Indian plot to steal American jobs, and we should not condone any unfair punishments of Indian workers,” McCain said hours ahead of President Barack Obama’s India tour.
Outsourcing of jobs to India was one of the major election issues in the 2 November American mid-term elections.
The Republican Party gained majority in the US House of Representatives as they defeated the Democratic Party of President Obama who during his entire electoral campaign repeatedly spoke against shipping US jobs overseas including India and putting an end to tax breaks to such American companies.
Earlier Obama, who has recently spoken against outsourcing of American jobs to countries like India and offered tax breaks for those creating jobs in the US, had indicated to the new agency that he was unlikely to accommodate New Delhi’s concerns, saying it was his responsibility to support jobs and opportunity for the American people.
“As President, I have a responsibility to support jobs and opportunity for the American people, and I believe the US-India economic relationship can and should be a ‘win-win´ relationship for both of our countries,” he said.
In his remarks on Indo-US ties at the US think tank yesterday, McCain said: “On the Indian side, relations with the US cannot remain a political club, which the party out of power uses to beat up the party in power for doing exactly what it would have done were it governing”.
“More leaders on both sides need to speak up for this partnership, and fight harder for it, and build the public support needed to sustain our strategic priorities. If not, our relationship will fall far short of its potential, as it has before,” McCain underlined.