America has responded to the concerns raised by farmers against the agricultural laws brought by the Center. Commenting on the fact that peaceful protests are a hallmark of a developing democracy, the United States welcomes measures to improve Indian market potential and attract private sector investment. The US State Department responded to a question on farmers’ concerns in India. In addition, it suggested that disputes between farmers and the Center should be resolved through negotiations.
Peaceful agitation is a testament to a growing democracy. The Supreme Court of India has made this clear, US State Department officials have commented. Meanwhile, India on Wednesday expressed its displeasure over tweets made by international celebrities on farmers’ concerns.
The State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the tweets were “inaccurate and irresponsible”. India has stated that farmers belonging to certain groups, who oppose agricultural laws, are only concerned in certain areas, and that they were brought into law only after extensive discussion in Parliament by various groups. The State Department reiterated on the occasion that the new laws would benefit farmers.
Meanwhile, several U.S. lawmakers expressed support for the peasant movement. “I am concerned about the actions taken against those who are protesting peacefully in India against the new agrarian reform laws,” said Congresswoman Haley Stevens. She said in a statement that representatives of the Government of India and farmers’ unions should resolve the issue through talks. “I am closely monitoring the situation. It is very important for the delegates from all over the country to discuss this issue with each other. I appreciate everyone who came to express their views,” he said.