Indian missions tackle critics of farm legal guidelines

Sandeep Dikshit

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, February 16

In addition to the arrest of young environmentalist Disha Ravi, the farmers’ agitation had ripples overseas, including a tense situation in Sydney and an aggressive stance by Indian missions that included specifically countering the Labour MP from Leicester East.

‘Internal matter’

  • Indian High Commission in London takes on UK MP Claudia Webbe opposing the farm laws and Disha’s arrest
  • India said its internal law and order is a sovereign subject, not open to external interference.

The Indian High Commission in London took on British Member of Parliament Claudia Webbe opposing the arrest of Disha Ravi and backing the farmers’ agitation. In a four-page open letter, the High Commission invited the MP to “obtain facts and correct information from” the mission. It also pointed out that India’s internal law and order is a sovereign subject and “not open to external interference”.

All the missions abroad have been active in supporting the farm laws.

In Sydney, the police intervened to divert a car-rally by Indian diaspora groups supporting the farm laws which was allegedly moving in the direction of a gurdwara.

The Australian Sikh Association “lauded the prompt police action”. But a diaspora media outlet quoted the Sunday’s “Tiranga Rally” participant Gayatri Sharma as stating, “It was unfortunate we have to change the route just because some Khalistani elements threatened to disrupt our peaceful rally.”

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