One-sided & false assertions: India condemns UK lawmakers’ debate on farmers’ stir

Indian High Commission in London gives UK lawmakers a strong message – butt out

Indian High Commission in London gives UK lawmakers a strong message – butt out
Indian High Commission in London gives UK lawmakers a strong message – butt out

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The Indian High Commission in London has condemned a debate among some British lawmakers on an e-petition over the right of peaceful protests and freedom of the press in India amid the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi. The Indian High Commission said the debate, held on Monday evening inside the British parliamentary premises, as “false assertions” in a “distinctly one-sided discussion.”

“We deeply regret that rather than a balanced debate, false assertions — without substantiation or facts — were made, casting aspersions on the largest functioning democracy in the world and its institutions,” the commission said in a statement after the Monday evening debate on an e-petition. The debate was held in response to an e-petition that had crossed the 100,000-signature threshold, required for it to be approved by the House of Commons Petitions Committee.

It lamented that a false narrative over farmers’ protest was sought to be developed even though “the High Commission of India has been, over a period of time, taking care to inform all concerned about the issues raised in the petition.

The Indian High Commission made its displeasure known despite the British government earlier reiterating that the three New Delhi laws on agricultural reform were a “domestic matter”. The British government also underlined India’s importance, saying “India and the UK together work as a force for good in the UN Security Council and bilateral cooperation between the two countries helps fix many global problems.”

Rebuts the fake narrative peddled in the UK Parliament

In its statement, the Indian Commission also pointed out that foreign media, including British media, had been present and witnessed the events surrounding the farmers’ protests in India first-hand and therefore any “question of lack of freedom of the media in India does not arise.” It lamented that a false narrative over farmers’ protest was sought to be developed even though “the High Commission of India has been, over a period of time, taking care to inform all concerned about the issues raised in the petition.”

The High Commission said it was compelled to react to the lawmakers’ debate due to the apprehensions cast on India. “The High Commission of India would normally refrain from commenting on an internal discussion involving a small group of Honourable Parliamentarians in a limited quorum,” the statement said.

“However, when aspersions are cast on India by anyone, irrespective of their claims of friendship and love for India or domestic political compulsions, there is a need to set the record straight,” it added.

The statement followed a group of around dozen cross-party British MPs debating issues around the alleged “use of force” against protesters opposed to agricultural reforms in India and journalists being targeted while covering the protests. As the British government Minister deputed to respond to the debate, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Minister Nigel Adams said the close UK-India relationship did not hinder the UK in any way from raising difficult issues with India, even as he reiterated the government line that agricultural reforms are a “domestic matter” for India.

While the Minister acknowledged the “alarm and uncertainty” the farmers’ protests and their coverage in India had caused among British communities with family ties in India, he expressed hope that the ongoing dialogue between the Indian government and farmers’ unions will have positive results.

[with PTI inputs]

Team PGurus

4 COMMENTS

  1. Every so called democratic country plays vote bank politics where the minority are mischief makers and hoodwink the majority. Basically they can be defined as urban naxals.

    Technically we have very poorly trained Ambassadors ( babus ) who follow the policy of Chalta hai attitude who rarely interact with native law makers or mix and help Indian diaspora. Why can’t one of the secretaries in the missions give press interviews explaining India’s policies. Like Kejri issues propaganda videos in Indian TV, why can’t Indian missions issue video clips in TV channels projecting true versions of events in India.

    Similar is the case in US , where third rated municipal councils pass anti India resolutions on CAA. It is left for Indian diaspora associations to fight back, while Indian missions play tambura. A country with largest number of homeless and loitering beggars in cities, why can’t these councils look inwards.

    Main fault is with our external affairs ministry which is never Pro active and issues clarifications on anti India propaganda after damage is done. When White House give regular press briefings, what are our IFS babus doing. Once in a blue moon, “ strongly worded “ statements are issued.

    I feel compared to US and UK, China is much better, at least they don’t discuss about India in their political forums. They physically try to bully you and if you raise your stick, they back out. In case of US and UK, they hug our PM and their MPs pass anti India resolutions. I wish we had One Goebel, which is necessary in today’s world of perception wars.

  2. Thank God, the indian commission had the guts to warn this British Parliament about its obligations towards the largest democracy in the world. whole country had seen how the so-called fake farmers,ngos from other countries and jihadi elements had made these protests extremely violent and how they attacked the police force also let us tell the brits that they are not great any more and they have no business to give us advice. did they verify the signatures of the people who signed? How many were Pakistani origin britishers? Few years ago same kind of group in USA had submitted a petition against ModiG visit to USA and asked Obama to prevent him from entering USA and asked Obama to derecognize India ! obama found out that 70% signatures were fake and same people had signed many times ad he tossed the appeal to dustbin. BBC in India and in UK continues to spread hatred and poison against Hindus and India and the bjp govt in a big way.These people want to play the dirty game of Hind vs Muslim game. India must be careful and take action on deliberate broad casting of false news by BBC

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