Justin Trudeau said that it would not be right to start by mentioning the peasant movement from India. The situation is worrying, we are very concerned for all the family and friends. I know, for many of you, this is real. Let me remind you, Canada will always stand for peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue, which is why we have directly contacted Indian authorities through several sources to express our concerns.
The Indian government has expressed deep displeasure over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments on the country’s farmer movement and protests. Farmers in northern India, including Punjab and Haryana, took to the streets demanding repeal of the three agricultural bills passed by Parliament. Trudeau said Ottawa said he had sent a message of concern to Indian officials. Calling him an “immature politician”, former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal Trudeau accused him of trying to spread unrest in Punjab by sniffing India’s domestic affairs, saying the government should reprimand him.
In a video conference organized by Canadian MP Birdis Chaggar to mark the 551st birthday of Guru Nanak, Trudeau said it would not be right to start without mentioning the peasant movement in India. The situation is worrying, we are very concerned for all the family and friends. I know, for many of you, this is real. Let me remind you, Canada will always stand for peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue, which is why we have directly contacted Indian authorities through several sources to express our concerns. Indian-origin ministers from Canada Navdeep Bains, Harjit Sajjan and representatives of the Sikh community were also present on the occasion.
Presumably, Justin Trudeau was the first world leader to respond to the Indian peasant movement.
But Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava, in a brief statement objecting to Trudeau’s remarks, said “we have seen the comments made by Canadian leaders about Indian farmers without being properly known. The Foreign Ministry rejected the comment. Srivastava further said that it is most desirable not to misuse diplomatic discourse for political purposes.
Talking about the Covid-19 superhero, Justin Trudeau said that this is the right time for all of us to be active at the same time. We want to help each other. This is why we are ready to continue working together.
Justin Trudeau also said that it is important to remember Guru Nanak’s teachings of compassion, sympathy and selfless service. He claims that this is the essence of Sikhism and Canadian values.
Incidentally, the movement of several thousand Sikhs gathered in Delhi on Tuesday fell on the sixth day. Farmers claim that under the new law, the market for agricultural products will be opened, which will harm them. Farmers’ organizations are demanding repeal of three new laws. According to the farmers, the minimum support price system in the Centre’s law will be abolished, they have to be at the mercy of big corporates.