BJP led Modi government has called the remarks by many International leaders on protests by farmers as “ill-informed” and “unwarranted” as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
To augment Modi government fears UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said People have a right to demonstrate peacefully and authorities should let them do so,
As to the question of India, what I would say to you is what I’ve said to others when raising these issues is that people have a right to demonstrate peacefully, and authorities need to let them do so, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said on Friday.
Dujarric was responding to a question on the farmers’ protest in India.
Reacting to the comments by the foreign leaders, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Tuesday said,
“We have seen some ill-informed commentsrelating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country.”
In a terse message, the ministry further added that “it is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes.”
Tens of Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting braving brutal cold for the last nine days at the borders of Delhi against three farm laws.
Dubbing these laws as “anti-farmer”, these farmers claim that the newly enacted legislations would pave the way for 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.
The government and the farmers unions fifth round of talks on the new farm laws on Saturday also failed .