Donald Trump threatened India for supplying the anti-malarial drug and Shashi Tharoor replied back in his manner.
President of United State of America threatened India in one of his daily briefing about the supply of unproven corona drug ‘Hydroxychloroquine’. Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor have targeted this statement of Trump. Tharoor said that in my decades of experience in global affairs, I did not hear any head of state or government openly threatening the government of another country.
POTUS had a conversation with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, it was the day after India decided to ban the export of the anti-malarial drug ‘Hydroxychloroquine’. POTUS words of threatening India at White House press briefing did not go well and highly criticized in the country. Critics are pointing out that Trump need not to be so abrasive when Prime Minister Modi already agreed to help US according to BBC report.
Anti-malarial drug, Hydroxychloroquine is a very similar drug-related to Chloroquine, which is one of the oldest drugs also. This drug considered as a potential antiviral agent as it can also able to cure like auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Though this drug is inexpensive in India and available all across the country.
On Sunday, India announced to ban the export of this drug. Meanwhile, the Central Government has said on Tuesday that India will send coronavirus-resistant medicines to those countries which are badly affected due to this epidemic. The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that this decision has been taken in view of the humanitarian aspects of the epidemic. India will supply appropriate amounts of paracetamol and hydroxychloroquine to all its neighbouring countries, which depend on our capabilities.
Never in my decades of experience in world affairs have I heard a Head of State or Govt openly threatening another like this. What makes Indian hydroxychloroquine “our supply”, Mr President? It only becomes your supply when India decides to sell it to you. @USAndIndia https://t.co/zvSPEysTNf
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 7, 2020
Responding to Trump, Tharoor wrote in his tweet, “Never in my decades of experience in world affairs have I heard a Head of State or Govt openly threatening another like this. What makes Indian hydroxychloroquine “our supply”, Mr President? It only becomes your supply when India decides to sell it to you. @USAndIndia”
Total novel coronavirus cases in India reached in 5356 where 468 cases are recovered and 160 people died according to worldmeters report till the date.