Seven US lawmakers including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal have expressed concern regarding the ongoing farmers’ protest in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The lawmakers have asked Pompeo to raise the issue with his Indian counterpart.  India has already dubbed the remarks by foreign politicians and leaders on farmers’ protest as “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”.

In a letter dated December 23, the lawmakers said that the issue particularly concerns Sikh Americans linked to Punjab, although it also impacts the Indian Americans belonging to other Indian states.

“Many Indian Americans are directly affected as they have family members and ancestral land in Punjab and are concerned for the well-being of their families in India. In view of this serious situation, we urge you to contact your Indian counterpart to reinforce the United States” commitment to the freedom of political speech abroad,” they said.

“As national legislators, we respect the right of the government of India to determine national policy, in compliance with existing law. We also acknowledge the rights of those in India and abroad who are currently protesting peacefully against agricultural laws that many Indian farmers see as an attack on their economic security,” the lawmakers said.

The lawmakers urged the US to offer counsel to India during the current social turmoil as it is familiar with political protests. Besides Jayapal, the letter has been signed by Congressmen Donald Norcross, Brendan F Boyle, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mary Gay Scanlon, Debbie Dingell and David Trone.

Earlier this month, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said, “We have seen some ill-informed comments…relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country”.