Farmer protests part of U.K. politics because of diaspora

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Agricultural reforms are India’s internal matter but the protests here are part of British politics too.

  • The U.K. respected India’s “heritage” of protests and debates, and was watching the situation closely.
  • U.K. government respect the fact that the reforms going through the Indian system here are domestic reforms.
  • Indian politics is in some sense, because of the Indian diaspora in Britain. 
  • India has a vibrant heritage of peaceful protests and vigorous debate”, which the U.K. has watched. 

 

‘Internal issue’

  • The remarks by foreign leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other foreign politicians, on the farmers protests were “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”, and the matter was an “internal” issue for India.
  • The Indian diaspora had joined protests in the U.K. over the farm Bills, this was now an issue in British politics as well
  • Over the past two weeks, 36 British Members of Parliament, mostly from the Opposition Labour Party had written to Mr. Raab, asking him to raise the agricultural laws, which they called a “death warrant” for farmers, while the leader of the Liberal Democratic party reportedly criticised the handling of the protests by Indian “militarised police” and the need to respect “human rights”.
  • The latest position in cases against Indian fugitives currently in the U.K., including former Kingfisher group owner Vijay Mallya, whose extradition to India has been held up by the British government for more than six months now, had also been discussed during the British Foreign Secretary’s two-day visit to Delhi.
  • The U.K.-India ties on trade, maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific as a “force for good” and climate change cooperation, were all set to grow, and welcomed the India-U.K. collaboration on vaccines for COVID-19.
  • Serum Institute and Oxford University partnership demonstrates the UK-India relationship at its best.
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