Congress MP Manish Tewari has strongly criticized the comments made by US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti regarding the ongoing ethnic clashes in Manipur. Tewari stated that India has never appreciated any external statements concerning its internal matters and highlighted the rampant issue of gun violence in the United States. He emphasized that India has never lectured the US on how to address its internal challenges and riots related to racism.
Eric Garcetti’s View: Human Concerns Over Strategic Concerns
Eric Garcetti, the US Ambassador, expressed his perspective on the Manipur violence, stating that the issue is more of a human concern rather than a strategic one. He emphasized that one does not need to be Indian to care about the loss of lives, particularly those of children and individuals, in such violent incidents. Garcetti also mentioned that the United States is ready to offer assistance in peace efforts if requested and highlighted the potential for increased investment in Manipur if peace is established in the region.
Criticism of Government’s Handling and Parliamentary Action
Manish Tewari criticized the government’s handling of the crisis in Manipur and called for prompt action. He suggested that the Prime Minister should have visited the state earlier and the Home Minister should continuously engage with the situation until normalcy is restored. Tewari announced that the issue would be raised in the Parliament, highlighting the tragic nature of the events unfolding in Manipur.
Background: Ethnic Clashes in Manipur
The state of Manipur has been experiencing ethnic clashes since May 3, triggered by a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized by tribal groups opposing the reservation of Meiteis under the Scheduled Tribes list. The clashes have resulted in the loss of over a hundred lives in the northeastern state. The situation remains tense, and efforts are being made to restore peace and stability in Manipur.
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