India reaches out to Congressmen, diaspora for help
The Exterior Affairs Ministry has refused to comment on the U.S. Residence resolution on Jammu and Kashmir launched by Indian-American lawmaker Pramila Jayapal, even as the government stepped up endeavours to make certain that the resolution is not passed, with officials achieving out to Congressmen and ladies as nicely as the Indian diaspora to mobilise aid.
Sources explained India is also hopeful that U.S. Residence members of the India caucus will move the method in their favour, when former diplomats stated the greater fallout of the resolution was in the optics, not in its substance.
“I consider [the resolution] has a large amount of sensation benefit, mainly because when a movement on human rights in the U.S. Residence or Senate is not unheard of, but one particular tabled by a person of Indian origin is uncommon, and nations around the world like Pakistan will use this for their propaganda uses,” mentioned former Ambassador to the U.S. Lalit Mansingh.
“I think we have sufficient assistance on Capitol Hill for this resolution not to see light-weight of working day this time all-around as properly,” Mr. Mansingh extra. According to other diplomats, the introduction of the resolution (H.Res 745) is a issue simply because it is between the to start with these types of resolutions criticising the Indian government for constraints in Jammu and Kashmir given that 2000.
Nevertheless, officers dismissed those worries and the simple fact that the present resolution has been launched by a Republican consultant Steve Watkins, and Ms. Jayapal, a Democrat, and mentioned the resolution had “limited resonance” and would not be endorsed by numerous.
In the meantime, Congress chief Shashi Tharoor on Sunday tweeted that it was a ‘shame’ that Parliament was nevertheless to talk about the condition in Kashmir whilst two United States lawmakers moved a bipartisan resolution in the House.
Mr. Tharoor’s tweet, nevertheless, triggered a war of words, with BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje accusing the Congress Lok Sabha member of ‘defaming the region by admiring the U.S. move’.
(With inputs from Sandeep Phukan)
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