Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed concern over the ongoing farmers’ protest against the central government’s three farm laws, saying the “situation is concerning”.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t start by recognising the news coming from India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning. We are all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest,” Trudeau said during a virtual address to members of the Sikh community on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti Monday.
“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,” he added.
Trudeau is the first world leader to comment on the agitation that has seen thousands of farmers camping at the borders of Delhi. He also addressed the members of his cabinet who belong to the Sikh community.
Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs termed the comments by Canadian leaders as “ill-informed”.
“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,” he said.
Where two or more people live together and give space to each other’s ideas they sometimes put their ideas in front of each other and it looks like an altercation but actually it is for the balance of that system they are living in.
Right now what is happening in India is an example of a good democracy. It is a process that needs to happen whenever a new system is misunderstood by one or the other one is not able to make them understand its point of view.
Democracy is all about representation of the will of every citizen. This will is represented either by the elected members in parliament or by the people themselves. In a parliamentary form of democracy when somehow the executives surpass the discussions in parliament the people can choose other means to protest or have their voices heard. These are all part of the system and all are legal as well as ethical.
The event of farmers’ protest is a civil matter whose actions and reactions are confined to India only. This is not at all part of international affairs or going to affect international circumstances.
Whatever farmers are thinking they are trying to make the government realise their view point. This is their right bestowed by the constitution of India under the right to liberty. The government’s actions are with the views to make them realise their own benefit.
So it is India’s internal matter and kind of a civil movement in which other countries have no say. As a sovereign country, India has given no foreign power the authority to have a say in its internal affairs.
Canada is trying to play to its own Sikh community by raising the issue of farmers’ agitation. Trudeau’s government has been accused of playing with fire when earlier it had tried to use the Khalistan card for its own benefit.
Mr Trudeau would be well advised to stay away from other countries’ democratic, internal matters and use some other means to garner support for himself in Canada.