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India questions UN High Commissioner’s silence on Red Fort Violence, Terrorism

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Kashish Jain

Indian Government has questioned Michelle Bachelet’s silence on Red Fort violence and the issue of terrorism even as the latter continues to rake Kashmir. Michelle Bachelet is the United Nations High Commissioner. India’s comments come as a reaction to the UN High commissioner raked protest by farmers and, J&K during her oral statement in the ongoing session of the Human Rights council criticizing New Delhi.

During India statement, Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, who is the Permanent Representative of India in Geneva, said

“The unprovoked violence on our Republic Day in the name of farmers’ rights left her unmoved. Her indifference to terrorism is, of course, not new. Objectivity and impartiality have to be the hallmarks of any Human Rights assessment.”

The Indian statement pointed that they were sorry to note that the High Commissioner’s oral update is lacking in both, Objectivity and impartiality. Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey in her statement added that the High Commissioner appeared to be oblivious of the enormous efforts made by my Government to address the challenges and many of the factors driving these challenges.

On the issue of the farm laws, the envoy expressed opinion as

‘The purpose of enacting three farm Acts is to enable farmers to realize better price for their products and enhance their income’ and the Indian Government has ‘shown utmost respect’ for protests by farmers and has ‘remained engaged in dialogue’ with them to address their concerns.

The envoy also highlighted the rationale behind the constitutional changes that came into being during August 2019 about the removal of special status. They have claimed that the move has given impetus to socio-economic development and has the potential to end decades of discrimination.