As per reports, seven prominent lawmakers from the US, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, requesting him to raise the topic of the ongoing farmers’ protest in India with his Indian counterpart.
Meanwhile, India has dubbed the remarks by foreign leaders and politicians on farmers’ protests “ill-informed” and “unwarranted.” India has also affirmed that the matter is purely an internal affair of the country.
Earlier this month, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said that the government has come across some ill-informed comments about the protesting farmers in India. Such baseless comments are needless, particularly when they are related to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
Reportedly, in the letter written to Pompeo, the seven lawmakers have said that this is an issue of particular concern to Sikh Americans with their roots in Punjab. However, it also impacts the Indian Americans who are from other Indian states.
The lawmakers added that the US as a nation is very well familiar with political protests and has the ability to offer counsel to India during this ongoing period of social disturbance.
The lawmakers said, “Many Indian Americans are directly affected as they have family members and ancestral land in Punjab and are concerned for 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.”
“As national legislators, we respect the right of the government of India to determine national policy, in compliance with existing law. We also acknowledge the rights of those in India and abroad who are currently protesting peacefully against agricultural laws that many Indian farmers see as an attack on their economic security,” they added.