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

Prime News, International and National, Farmers, London (United Kingdom), March 9:-  The High Commission of India 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’ stir against three laws on agricultural reform.

The Commission damned the debate, held on Monday evening (March 8) 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.

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.”

In its statement, the Indian mission also pointed out that foreign media, including the 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.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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