SunstarTV Bureau: Two MPs of the US Democratic Party have asked the Biden administration to talk to the Modi government about the ongoing peasant movement in India. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez and Majority Leader Charles Schumer have written to Foreign Minister Antoine Blinken that we condemn the January 26 violence on the Red Fort. However, the law brought in keeping with agrarian reform is an internal issue of India.
Raise the issue of the importance of freedom of speech
Its letter, the MPs have appealed to Blinken to raise the issue of freedom of speech and the right to peaceful demonstration in front of his Indian counterpart and the State Department officials should do the same. He wrote that we do not take a stand on India’s internal affairs, but we condemn the violence on 26 January. We know that the number of protesters involved in the violence at the Red Fort in New Delhi was limited. The agitating leaders immediately condemned the violence and increased their protest in a peaceful manner.
Schumer and Menendez, who were resolved through peaceful negotiations, released their joint letter to the media on Thursday. He said that the people of India and the government will decide the strategy ahead on these laws. The matter will be resolved through peaceful negotiation and respect for the agitating farmers.
US had endorsed the laws
Earlier in February, the US had supported the laws saying that we support every step that will increase the impact of the Indian market and encourage private sector investment.
The issue of farmers was echoed in the British Parliament
Whereas the issue of farmers’ movement was echoed in the British Parliament, the UK had reiterated that the Agrarian Reform Act is a domestic matter of India and that security forces have the right to enforce law and order in a democracy. In fact, 18 British MPs took part in this discussion held at the Westminster Hall of the British Parliament, 17 of which also supported the movement. The Labor Party demanded this discussion. India had strongly objected to this, calling it an unnecessary interference in the internal matter of a democratic country.