- Shashi Tharoor opens up about his point of view on UK Parliament debating Farm Laws
- Shashi Tharoor says, “Just as we, in India, can discuss say the Palestine-Israel, British parliament has the same right”
- He also says, “I don’t blame the Government of India for doing its job…”
After New Delhi summoned the UK envoy on Tuesday over the “unwarranted discussion” in the British Parliament on the 3 Farm Laws of India, MP from Congress, Shashi Tharoor said that in any democracy, one has the right to discuss whatever one wants.
The former Union Foreign Minister under the UPA regime, Shashi Tharoor said, “Just as we, in India, can discuss say the Palestine-Israel issue as we’ve done in the past or we can discuss if we so choose any other domestic issue of a foreign country, the British parliament has the same right”.
He also said, “I don’t blame the Government of India for doing its job, for speaking up for its point of view,” and added, “But we must recognise there is another point of view and that in democracies, elected representatives are free to air their points of view.”
Tharoor said, “I don’t think there is something so surprising. We should take it as normal give and takes that happen between democracies”.
The Indian Government summoned the British High Commissioner in New Delhi over the “unwarranted discussion” in the British parliament on agricultural reforms in India.
Since November of 2020, farmers, particularly from the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at various Delhi borders with the demand of a complete revoke on the 3 agricultural reforms.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry had said, “conveyed strong opposition to the unwarranted and tendentious discussion on agricultural reforms in India in the British parliament”.
The statement said, “Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla made clear that this represented a gross interference in the politics of another democratic country. He advised that British MPs should refrain from practising vote bank politics by misrepresenting events, especially in relation to another fellow democracy”.