The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the comments made by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian leaders on the ongoing farmer protests along the borders of Delhi are “ill-informed” and “unwarranted “.
The farmer’s agitation in the country is going on for some time now. The Prime Minister and other Canadian leaders expressed their views on this event recently. MEA’s spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that these events are India’s private and personal matter.
He said, “We have seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country. It is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes,”.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau was the first International political leader to comment on the farmers protest. On the occasion of Guruparab (Guru Nanak’s birthday) he showed his concern regarding the ongoing situation.
He spoke to the Canadian Sikh community in an online interaction. He said,” I would be remiss if I didn’t start by recognizing the news coming from India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning. We are all very worried about family and friends.”
He also said that Canada always stood beside peaceful protests and protestors and will continue to do so in this case. He said that they will “defend” the rights of these protestors.
“We know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protesters. We believe in the process of dialogue. We’ve reached out through multiple means to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns. This is a moment for all of us to pull together,” – was what Trudeau had to say. This clearly states that he is showing his concern for this issue.
Canada has always been very active in issues related to Punjab as it has a large Sikh community.
Before this Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan had tweeted on the reports of the protesting farmers who were being brutalized. He said, “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.”
The NDP (New Democratic Party) leader Jag meet Singh also expressed his views on this issue. He said that the brutality with which the protesting farmers is very bad. He also said that he will strongly stand in solidarity with the farmers in Punjab and across India.
Despite all their remarks, the Ministry of External Affairs told that they are “ill-informed” and
“unwarranted”. This clearly states that India wants to keep this matter a private affair.