After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a public statement in support of India’s peasant movement, a heated debate has erupted in India over whether he has done the right thing. News from the BBC.
Many Indians are welcoming such ‘liberal’ Trudeau’s move; Similarly, a large section of netizens are again advising him to ‘stay away from India’s internal affairs’. Many believe that since most of the agitating peasants in India are Sikhs in Punjab, Trudeau made the statement for purely political reasons to gain the support of Sikhs of Canadian descent.
The point, however, is that there is no doubt that Indians are now virtually divided in the face of Trudeau’s remarks.
Earlier on Monday, the Canadian prime minister took part in a Facebook discussion marking the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, saying the situation was “worrying” due to the ongoing peasant movement in India.
He also said that Canada would always support any peaceful protest in any part of the world. Sikh members of Trudeau’s cabinet and other Sikh leaders of the Liberal Party were also present at the talks.
Within hours of the remarks coming to light, India’s foreign ministry issued a counter-statement condemning the move, saying it was “completely undesirable” to sneer at the internal affairs of a democratic country.
Anurag Srivastava, a spokesman for India’s foreign ministry, objected to Justin Trudeau’s remarks, saying “the Canadian leadership should refrain from making such comments without knowing it.” But many Indians started posting on social media in support of Trudeau’s remarks.
Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer and activist in the country’s Supreme Court, wrote in a tweet, “I am very happy that the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has opened his mouth in favor of farmers’ rights in India. All world leaders should speak up for democratic rights in all countries. Prashant Bhushan also clarified that he does not consider this issue to be an internal matter of India.