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Bush food remark well-intended: US

United States asks India to take the comments made by President George W Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice that calorie intake of Indians is contributing to higher food prices, in a positive manner.

india Updated: May 11, 2008 02:57 IST

United States has asked India to take the comments made by President George W Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice that calorie intake of Indians is contributing to higher food prices, in a positive manner.

"I've seen the press reports about this particular reaction. And certainly nobody in the US is trying to single out government or is expressing the sentiment that it is not a good thing that there's greater calorie intake among more people around the world than ever before. That is a positive thing," McCormack said in his briefing.

The senior Bush administration said that the statement indicates that the world and the international system is changing.

"And the fact that you have greater economic prosperity around the world, whether it's in India or China or elsewhere around the world, and as a result there are different standards of living, in a positive sense, that is good for the international system," he added.

The comments of Condoleezza Rice which were followed by President George W Bush were not viewed favourably in many sections in India including in the political establishment.

"That really speaks to some of the goals that were expressed at the inception of the current international, financial, economic and political system, when you look back to the immediate post-war period in '46, '47, '48. It is a positive thing.

"I am not sure what prism people are viewing the remarks through. But I would encourage them to not look at them in a way that is intended to single out in a negative fashion the people of India or anybody else around the world," McCormack said.