India hires US lobbying firm as human rights record comes under scrutiny

Smoke emits from burning tires as protestors defy a curfew in Gauhati, India, on Dec 12, 2019.
Smoke emits from burning tires as protestors defy a curfew in Gauhati, India, on Dec 12, 2019. PHOTO: AP

At a time when India's human rights record has come under increased scrutiny in the United States, the Indian government has engaged a lobbying firm in the US, Cornerstone Government Affairs, to put forth its position on policy matters more effectively to the American government and civil society.

Cornerstone will provide "strategic counsel, tactical planning and government-relations assistance on policy matters" under a three-month contract that lasts until the end of February, according to a declaration filed early this month in the US under its Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 15, 2019, with the headline 'India hires US lobbying firm as human rights record comes under scrutiny'. Print Edition | Subscribe