Indians Shun Kashmir Discussion by US as Interference in Internal Affairs

Sputnik International 3 weeks ago

The US Congress' Foreign Affairs Committee on Human Rights held a special hearing on Tuesday on the human rights situation in South Asia with particular emphasis on India's post- 5 August changes in Kashmir. However, the committee's statements did not go over well with many Indian netizens.

The detention of local politicians and the communications blockade in the state of Jammu and Kashmir remained the focus of the discussion on the "humanitarian crisis". The issue of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India's northeastern state of Assam, also came up for discussion and it was designated as the "anti-Muslim agenda of the BJP-run government in India".

Twitter erupted with backlash as Indians questioned the US hypocrisy to discuss the human rights issues in India without first looking at its own backyard.

​However, US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s speech remained the major point of the hearing as some netizens applauded her for her take on the situation.

​Omar was later responded to by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells, who wanted to convey that “we want Kashmiris voices to be heard…the institutions of India’s democracy are working…as a democracy we respect other democracies’ ability to self-police and self-regulate...”

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