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Do not demonize India on outsourcing, says McCain

world Updated: Nov 06, 2010 11:30 IST

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A top Republican leader today came out strongly against efforts to "demonize" India as a destination of shipping US jobs, and called for an end to such statements for political gains.

"We cannot allow our anxieties about globalization to cause us to demonize India for crass political gain," top Republican Senator John McCain said in his remarks on Indo-US ties at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Outsourcing of jobs to India was one of the major election issues in the American mid-term elections held Tuesday.

The Republican Party gained majority in the US House of Representatives as they defeated the Democratic Party of President Barack 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.

"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 in his remarks, thus asking political leaders not to demonize India for outsourcing.

"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," he said.

"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 said.