NEW DELHI: India on Thursday hit back strongly at the European Parliament for adopting a resolution over the recent clashes in Manipur, saying that such interference in the country’s internal affairs is “unacceptable”.
“We have seen that the European Parliament held a discussion on developments in Manipur and adopted a so-called Urgency Resolution. Such interference in India’s internal affairs is unacceptable, and reflects a colonial mindset,” external affairs ministry spokesperson
He said that the Indian authorities at all levels, including the judiciary, are seized of the situation in Manipur and are taking steps to maintain peace and harmony and law and order.
“The European Parliament would be well advised to utilize its time more productively on its internal issues,” the MEA said.
Earlier, foreign secretary
had said that the EU parliamentarians concerned are being reached out and it has been made clear to them that it is a matter “absolutely” internal to India.
“This is a matter totally internal to India,” Kwatra said, replying to a question on the matter at a press conference in New Delhi.
“We made a reach-out to the concerned EU parliamentarians. But we made it very clear that this is a matter absolutely internal to India,” he added.
The response came after the European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in India, with particular reference to the recent clashes in Manipur.
The Parliament in Strasbourg, France, called on Indian authorities to put in place measures to halt the ethnic and religious violence and to “protect all religious minorities”.
The resolution entitled ‘India, the situation in Manipur’ was initiated by Pierre Larrouturou, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.
“…Parliament strongly urges the Indian authorities to put in place all necessary measures to promptly halt the ethnic and religious violence and to protect all religious minorities,” reads a press statement from the Parliament on the passed resolution.
The MEPs called on the Indian authorities to allow “independent investigations” to look into the violence and urged all conflicting sides to cease making “inflammatory statements, re-establish trust and play an impartial role to mediate the tensions”.
The resolution also comes on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a two-day visit to France, where he is expected to hold key meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders.
(With inputs from agencies)