New Delhi: After the Indian Ministry of External Affairs had issued a strongly worded statement defending the new farm laws introduced by the Modi Government as “reformist legislation” aimed to help the agriculture sector and blasted the vested interest groups abroad for fanning violence in India through the farmers protest , the British Parliament, on Monday 8 March 2021, went ahead and discussed a petition on India’s farm laws, farmers’ agitation, human rights and freedom of press.
Taking strong exception to Britain meddling in the internal affairs of India on the pretext of defending human rights and peaceful protest, India’s Foreign Secretary even summoned the British High Commissioner and conveyed strong opposition to the “unwarranted and tendentious discussion on India’s agricultural reforms in the British Parliament.
The petition that was taken up for discussion in the British Parliament urged the Indian Government to ensure safety of protestors & press freedom. It asserted that the Government must make a public statement on the farmers’ protests & press freedom.
Besides the Indian Foreign Secretary’s stiff message to the British envoy in Delhi, even the Harrow East member of British Parliament Bob Blackman has come down heavily and questioned the locus standi of British MPs to discuss Indian farm laws and the farmers’ protest in British Parliament.