Asked how can be assured of a crackdown on corruption in India in view of New Delhi's silence in the case of Lalit Modi, the spokesman said: "Well, again, I would just say we've been encouraged by some of the reforms that he's pledged to undertake, Prime Minister Modi."
"We'll see how they're implemented. This obviously is not something that can be done overnight. But more broadly speaking, corruption's always a concern. So any government should address it," he said.
As for NGOs, Toner said: "We remain concerned about difficulties caused to civil society organizations, NGOs, by the manner in which the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act has been applied."
"Obviously, more broadly, we support civil society throughout the world, and we believe ardently that a vibrant civil society actually strengthens democratic institutions and culture, and it certainly gives voice to all - or for all to express their views," he said.
"So we support a strong civil society, and certainly non-governmental organizations, NGOs, are part of that process," Toner said.