‘India hopes anti-India protests in London are not repeated’


Official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar gestures as he speaks at a media conference at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
Official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar gestures as he speaks at a media conference at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. (MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has said that India has taken up with the British government the issue of anti-India protests outside the Indian High Commission in London recently.

“These incidents create difficulties in the functioning of our High Commission in London,” he said. Raveesh Kumar further said that India hopes anti-India protests in London are not repeated in future.

He termed CAA an internal matter of India. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said it has noted the European Parliament’s decision to not put to vote a resolution on the citizenship law.

The Ministry clarified that it will continue to engage with the MEPs on the issue. Raveesh Kumar said India has noted European Commission’s clarification that the EU Parliament’s views don’t reflect the official position of the grouping.

He asserted that CAA is an internal matter of India. It has been adopted though due process and democratic means, Kumar said.

“We will continue to engage with the MEPs, the European Parliament and other stakeholders in this matter,” he said.

An anti-India protest was held outside Indian High Commission in London on January 26, India’s Republic day.

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the office criticizing India for withdrawing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and demanding an end to the ongoing end to the crackdown in the region.

There were similar protests in the past and India had taken up this matter with the UK Foreign Office.

On the Independence day in 2019 violence erupted outside the Indian High Commission by Pakistani supporters.