United States Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna has come under sharp criticism for meeting far-right Hindutva ideologue Abhijeet Iyer-Mitra on his recent trip to India, with many pointing out that his embrace of Hindu nationalists is against the progressive values that he has claimed to espouse.

Khanna, who is the co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus, is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to the country of his parents’ birth, where he has met Indian government officials, and business and technology leaders.

On Monday, Iyer-Mitra posted a photograph with Khanna on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, and said: “Had a very productive breakfast meeting with @RoKhanna. Free & frank exchange of views. I thank the congressman for his candour & his perspicacity, as well as striving to improve India-US relations.”