Farmer Protest and International Pressure, an embarrassment to the Government.
The ongoing farmer protest had not only got attention in the national media but also several protests are conducted in various parts of the globe demanding for the right of farmers. This had made other world leaders speak. This NRIs had made their position so strong that they can even influence them politically
In the protest, it is very obvious that Punjabis and Haryana are very vocal about their demand and concern. They have succeeded in making networks before the global forum and made the world leaders speak which further created pressure on the government.
Here are some of the countries from where support came.
Many MPs and ministers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came in support of the peaceful protest. I am sharing some of the statements with you guys.
“Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest.” This statement was given in the context of brutal suppression of peaceful farmer protest by the Indian government
Harjit Sajjan (Canadian Defence Minister)
He tweeted: “The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right.”
He wrote: “The right to peaceful protest is fundamental in any democracy, especially in the world’s largest. I am very disturbed by the treatment of Punjabi farmers in India- this blatant abuse by Indian authorities is unacceptable. I stand with the Punjab farmers”.
Maninder Sidhu ( A young Canadian MP)
He shared a picture of the use of water cannons on farmers and tweeted: “Many of my constituents and I are deeply concerned about the safety of our family and friends in India. The right to peaceful protest is a constitutional right. Farmers in India should be able to voice their opinions and protest peacefully without fear for their safety”.
Obviously, such responses are not welcomed. After the statement of Justin Trudeau, the Indian government said it is an unnecessary interference in the domestic matter of a country. External Affairs Minister canceled his participation in Dec 7 meeting on Covid 19 Pandemic which was to be held by Canada.
After Canada, Britain had also raised concern for the issue. 36 MPs from United Kingdom wrote a letter to British Foreign secretary.
Labour Party MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi said in the letter “The introduction of these new laws by the Indian government has, despite the coronavirus, triggered widespread farmers’ protests across the country for failing to protect farmers from exploitation and to ensure fair prices for their produce.”
The Labour Party MP, in his tweet, wrote, “Many constituents, especially those emanating from the #Punjab, have contacted MPs to express solidarity with the farmers opposing #FarmersBill2020 in #India. Dozens of MPs duly deliberated and signed a cross-party letter, seeking justice for the peacefully protesting farmers.”
A post by UK MP: “It takes a special kind of people to feed those ordered to beat and suppress them. I stand with farmers of Punjab and other parts of India, including our family and friends, who are peacefully protesting against the encroaching privatization of #Farmers Bill 2020.”
So Britain also comes in full support of the farmer protest.
Now after Britain United Nations also participate in the debate. Stephane Dujarric Spokesperson of the United Nations said “People have a right to demonstrate and authorities need to let them do so “.
Now here is the question that a demonstration that happened in the National Captial Delhi is fetching much international attention. Besides MP, people are also protesting and campaigning in a foreign country. Such draconian law had disillusioned NRIs who were the asset of the present government in claiming that they restored the prestige of the great nation.
Mostly people from Punjab and Haryana are protesting. Punjabis are spread across the globe and they make a strong Indian diaspora. They make the strong vote bank as well. Many are successful in mainstream politics.
For example in Canada, the Current house has 18 Sikh members out of a total of 338 members which makes it 5.32%. The participation of Sikhs can be found across the party lines. as compare to India, there are 13 Sikh MPs out of 543 in LokSabha. Similarly, 36 MPs all came together in Britain despite political differences. Even in Australia, they are supporting a peaceful protest.
When Canada came out in support of the peaceful protest, it was said that Trudeau is trying to woo the Sikh community. But slowly all countries had joined too. Any concerned person has the right to speak up for human rights.
A protest that started in Punjab, which has now moved to Delhi and spread across the globe is certainly making the Indian government uncomfortable. It would be interesting to know how India is going to maintain its reputation in the International forum. It would also interesting note does it going to impact the bilateral relationship because of the respective stand followed by the domestic policy.