Washington, Dec 8 Several US lawmakers and eminent members of the Sikh community in America have voiced their support for farmers agitating in India against the new farm laws and urged that they be allowed to protest peacefully.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came in with strong support for thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting on various borders of Delhi since November 26, seeking repealing of three farm laws enacted in September. England has 36 Member Parliament as Signatories in support of #FarmerProtest, in India, all this in amidst of #COVID19, Pandemic, declared by WHO.
A group of 36 British MPs led by Labour Party’s Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote to the UK’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab, asking him to raise the issue of the ongoing farmers’ agitation with the Indian Government. In a letter written to the Raab, the MPs asked the Foreign Secretary to hold talks with his Indian counterpart against the recently enacted farm laws and with the support of Sikh farmers in Punjab and abroad. Dubbing these laws as ‘anti-farmer’, these farmers claim that the newly enacted legislations would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the ‘mercy’ of big corporations. However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.
‘I stand in solidarity with the Punjabi farmers in India protesting for their livelihoods and protection from misguided, manipulative government regulations,” Congressman Doug LaMalfa said on Monday.
‘Punjabi farmers must be allowed to protest peacefully against their government without fear of violence,’ said the Republican lawmaker who represents Californian’s first Congressional district.
India has called the remarks by foreign leaders and politicians on protests by farmers as ‘ill-informed’ and ‘unwarranted’ as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
‘India is the world’s largest Democracy – they owe it to their citizens to allow peaceful protest. I encourage these folks and PM (Narendra) Modi to have peaceful, productive discussions,” Democratic Congressman Josh Harder said. Congressman T J Cox said India must uphold the right to peaceful demonstration and ensure their citizens’ safety.
The rights of farmers protesting must be respected and meaningful dialogue is the way forward, the Democratic leader asserted.
Congressman Andy Levin said he was inspired by the movement of farmers in India. ‘I see it as a harbinger of a people power year in 2021,’ the Democratic lawmaker said.
” The US #IndianAmericans on Monday urged Prime Minister Modi to accept the demands of the agitating farmers, call a #WinterSession of India Parliament and continue to have a peaceful, constructive dialogue with them” said Vikram Bajwa, President of India America Political Consultants, in DC.
Congress MPs from Punjab and Haryana today held a pro-farmer protest at Jantar Mantar ahead of the Bharat Bandh tomorrow and demanded immediate convening of the winter session of Parliament to repeal the contentious agricultural laws. The sit-in was attended among others by Congress MPs from Punjab Preneet Kaur, Manish Tewari, Ravneet Bittu, Gurjeet Aujla, Amar Singh and Rajya Sabha MPs Deepender Hooda and KTS Tulsi.
In a letter, the Sikhs of America urged the prime minister to recognise the farmers protest as a India’s national protest and not a regional one.
Signed by eminent Sikh American Jesse Singh, Dr. Sukhdev Gill, Sam Kapoor and several other members of the community, the letter ridiculed effort by a section of the society and media to brand a genuine protest by the Sikhs as a separatist or a pro-Khalistan movement. This is a national movement of the farmers and not restricted to just Punjab alone, Singh said. #IstandwithFarmers #Soldiersofsoil #Indiafarmers #BollywoodwithFarmers #SportswithFarmers #USFarmers
‘Please accept the demands of our farmers,’ the Memorandum-letter said. ‘Any kind of aggression on behalf of the Government against these peaceful protests by farmers will go against the principles and Values of our great democracy and even against the principles of your BJP-party,’ said the letter, a copy of which was submitted to the Indian Ambassador Mr. Taranjit Sandhu, who himself belongs to a Farmer Family here in Washington DC.-Ranbir Atwal.