Washington: Expressing concern over farmers’ protest in India, Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and a group of seven influential US lawmakers have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to raise the issue with his Indian counterpart EAM S Jaishankar.
In their letter lawmakers have termed the protests an issue of particular concern to Sikh Americans linked to Punjab and that it also heavily impacts the Indian Americans belonging to other Indian states.
Apart from Jayapal, the letter has been signed by Congressmen Donald Norcross, Brendan F Boyle, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mary Gay Scanlon, Debbie Dingell and David Trone.
‘The US can offer counsel to India in this period of social disturbance’
“Many Indian Americans are directly affected as they have family members and ancestral land in Punjab and are concerned about the well-being of their families in India. In view of this serious situation, we urge you to contact your Indian counterpart to reinforce the United States’ commitment to the freedom of political speech abroad,” they said.
Earlier, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and British Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi backed farmers’ protest and asked UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to raise the issue with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, during his visit to India next month.
Asserting that the matter pertains to the internal affairs of a democratic country, India has termed the statements by foreign leaders and politicians on agitation by farmers as “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”.
‘Respect right of Indian govt to determine national policy’
US lawmakers have said that the US as a nation is familiar with political protests and can offer counsel to India during their current period of social disturbance.
In their letter lawmakers mentioned that they respect the right of the government of India to determine national policy, in compliance with existing law and also acknowledge the rights of those in India and abroad to protest peacefully against farm laws perceived by Indian farmers as an attack on their economic security.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states are sitting on protest on various borders of Delhi since November 26, seeking a rollback of three farm laws enacted in September.
Courtesy – timesnownews