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Wednesday 03rd April 2024 06:59 EDT

To Whom It May Concern,

We, at the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, find it imperative to address the unfolding spectacle that characterizes the current U.S. Presidential Elections. As the world's largest democracy, a title we uphold with immense pride and responsibility, it behooves us to cast a watchful eye over the democratic processes of our fellow nations. It is in this spirit of global democratic camaraderie that we express our growing concern over the recent developments that have emerged from the United States of America, a nation with whom we share the values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

It has come to our attention that there are worrying trends surrounding the legal actions against a prominent presidential candidate in the United States. These actions, perceived by some as attempts to derail a political opponent, are distressing indicators of the health of the democratic and legal systems in place. It is a fundamental principle of democracy that the political arena remains a space for free and fair competition, unhindered by the misuse of legal frameworks for political gains. The essence of a thriving democracy is the assurance that every voice has the right to be heard, every vote has the power to influence, and every individual stands equal before the law.

In our esteemed opinion, and drawing upon our rich democratic tradition that spans millennia, we gently remind our American friends of the importance of maintaining the sanctity of these democratic norms. It is crucial for the United States, as a beacon of democracy to the world, to exhibit the highest standards of electoral integrity and judicial fairness. The eyes of the global community are indeed focused upon you, not just as observers, but as partners in the pursuit of a more democratic world.

Furthermore, it would be remiss of us not to mention the unparalleled role that public faith plays in the sustenance of democratic institutions. It is the trust of the people in these institutions that ultimately crowns a democracy with success or condemns it to failure. We encourage our counterparts in the United States to nurture this faith with actions that reinforce the principles of transparency, accountability, and fairness.

In closing, while we acknowledge that the internal affairs of a sovereign nation are primarily for its people and its judiciary to adjudicate, the ripple effects of such events do not recognize national borders. They touch every corner of the democratic world. As such, we express our fraternal concern and hope for the United States to navigate through these turbulent times with wisdom and justice, ensuring that the outcome of the upcoming elections reflects the true will of the American people.

We watch closely, with the hope that our shared democratic values will emerge stronger and more resilient in the face of adversity.

Yours sincerely,

Ministry of External Affairs

Republic of India

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