US Congress members express concerns over Indian farmers protest


Imran Yaqub Dhillon

New York

Seven very influential US Members of Congress have written a strong letter to US Secretary State Mike Pompeo, expressing serious concerns regarding the ongoing civil unrest in India involving protesting farmers.
The Congressmen lead by Donald Norcross- Deputy Chairman of Democratic National Caucus, took a very serious note of this situation after seeing in the international press that protesting farmers from Punjab, who were marching peacefully to Delhi, were brutally subjected to water cannon attacks, barbed wire barricades, and tear gas by Indian security personnel. They strongly defended 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 letter also raises particular concern to Sikh Americans linked to Punjab, although it also heavily impacts the Indian Americans belonging to other Indian states.
Many Sikh 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. They implored Secretary Pompeo that 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.
US Members of Congress has written this letter due to lobbying efforts of Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC), American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (AGPC) and American Sikh Caucus Committee (ASCC).