World Environment Day: Nikki Haley, a US presidential candidate of Indian origin, stirs controversy with her remarks labeling India as “one of the biggest polluters.” This statement made on social media on World Environment Day received strong backlash from Indian netizens. Haley took to Twitter to express her opinion, stating, “If we truly want to address environmental issues, we must confront India and China, as they are among the largest polluting nations.” However, her comments did not sit well with Indians, who criticized her extensively on the platform.
Shailendra Malik, a contributor to the ‘AI book,’ criticized Haley, stating, “While Indians excel as CEOs of American companies, their abilities as politicians seem rather useless.”
He further added, “Their constant desire to prove their ‘Americanness’ or ‘Britishness’ compels them to speak nonsensically about India without considering the facts.”
In response, one user shared a graph depicting the top carbon dioxide emitting countries, with the US ranking highest. The user sarcastically commented, “Perhaps you should take a look in the mirror first…”
Another user questioned Haley’s sincerity, asking, “Does she truly mean what she says?”
A netizen provided a “fact check,” highlighting the per capita greenhouse gas emissions of the US (17.6 tonnes) compared to India (2.7 tonnes). The user emphasized that Haley needs to confront the reality before making such claims.
Expressing their discontent, another user stated, “The Ministry of External Affairs should officially condemn these hypocrites. Gone are the days when anyone could say anything about India without consequences!”