PHOENIX (AP) India’s most famous Indian volunteer, the Mahatma Gandhi, paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the people of his country during the Indian Independence movement in a speech in Phoenix on Wednesday.
The speech at a temple honoring the people who made the nation the largest democracy in the world came just hours after President Donald Trump said the United States had lost its moral compass and “we’re not going to have peace with India.”
“We have lost a moral compass, we have lost the spirit of India.
We cannot continue to be a force for peace,” Gandhi said.
He was speaking about the role that the Indian government played in the war in Indochina in the 1950s.
He added that his country was “no longer a force of peace.”
Trump said in a tweet that he is “worried about India” and called the Indian prime minister “a weak leader.”
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is now playing a weak hand in the Indo-US relationship, should focus on getting his country back to strength, not trying to distract from his many failed policies,” the White House said in an official statement.
The Indian prime minster was responding to Trump’s tweet that his administration had “lost its moral compasses” and that India had lost “the spirit of the Indian people.”
“This nation is not going away.
And it will not disappear.
It will not fade away,” Modi said.
He also said the people in his country would not let “anyone in the Trump administration” destroy their culture, history and traditions.
“It is not a time for complacency, it is a time to renew our culture and our history,” he said.
India, which is at peace with its neighbor Pakistan after a decades-long conflict, has made some of the biggest contributions to the world’s economies, helping build the United Nations and the World Bank, among other things.
In a video released by the Indian ministry of external affairs, the prime minister said the country has been “one of the greatest and most successful democracies in the region” since independence from Britain in 1947.
The speech was a big milestone for India, which has been a key part of the U.S. fight against the Islamic State group, or ISIS, in its region, as well as the battle against the Maoist insurgency in India’s northern states.
In an interview with the Associated Press in 2016, Modi said that when he was elected in 2019, his goal was to end the “global era of corruption and nepotism” and to “cleanse the system of nepotists.”
He said his government had cracked down on corruption in all levels of government.