The leadership of the powerful Congressional India Caucus has urged the Indian government to make sure that the norms of democracy are maintained and therefore the protesters are allowed to demonstrate peacefully and have access to the web , because it discussed the difficulty of the continued farmer’s agitation within the country.
Congressman Brad Sherman, Co-Chair of the Congressional India Caucus said that he convened a gathering together with his other Republican Co-Chair Congressman Steve Chabot, and Vice-Chair Congressman Ro Khanna to talk with India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, regarding farmers demonstrations in India.
This was the primary meeting of the India Caucus, the most important country-specific caucus within the United States House of Representatives of Representatives, on the difficulty .
“I urged the Indian government to form sure that the norms of democracy are maintained which protesters are allowed to protest peaceably and to possess access to the web , and to journalists. All friends of India hope that the parties can reach an agreement,” Sherman said.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh , are camping at three Delhi border points — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — for over 70 days, demanding an entire repeal of three central farm laws.
Multiple rounds of talks between the govt and therefore the farmer unions have remained deadlocked.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the farm laws, on Friday said there would be no ‘chakka jam’ in Delhi on February 6 whilst it asserted that peasants in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for 3 hours but during a peaceful way.
The SKM had earlier in the week announced this nationwide chakka jam on Saturday, saying that farmers would block national and state highways for 3 hours in protest against the web ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly administered to them by authorities and other issues.
The External Affairs Ministry has said that any protests must be seen within the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity, and therefore the refore the ongoing efforts of the govt and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse.
“The Parliament of India, after a full debate and discussion, passed reformist legislation concerning the agricultural sector. These reforms give expanded market access and provided greater flexibility to farmers. They also pave the way for economically and ecologically sustainable farming,” the MEA said during a statement on Wednesday.
“The temporary measures with reference to internet access in certain parts of the NCR region were …understandably undertaken to stop further violence,” it said on Thursday, pertaining to the incidents of violence and vandalism at the historic Red Fort on January 26.
Congressman Steve Cohen said that India is that the largest democracy within the world and free speech is one among the best hallmarks of democracy.
“I am closely watching the #FarmersProtests concernedly about potential attacks on freedom of speech including cuts to internet service and state-sponsored violence,” he tweeted.
“The USA and India were built by small farmers, diversity, and democracy. We cannot stray from our shared values,” tweeted Congressman Eric Swalwell.
“India must plan to peace, negotiate with small farmers, restore internet access, and reject discrimination,” he said.
In a strong response to the remarks made by foreign individuals and entities, the MEA on Wednesday said the “temptation” of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments is “neither accurate nor responsible”.