‘Is India not sovereign?’: Congress questions foreign envoys’ visit to J-K

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Senior Congress parliamentarian and chairperson of the Lok Sabha’s Public Accounts Committee Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took to Twitter on Thursday to criticise the Modi-government organising a two-day junket to Jammu and Kashmir for foreign diplomats.

“The #Modi govt has now been exhausting his resources to convince the world that everything is going hunki-dory in #Kashmir valley, it testifies that govt itself does not believe that all is well in Kashmir,” Chowdhury said in Twitter thread.

Chowdhruy questioned the Modi government’s apparent need for validation from foreign nations. “Why does govt need a certificate of performance from the diplomats across the world? Is india [sic] not sovereign? In our country there is a plethora of problems, shall we need praise from other countries by orchestrating our performance!!!”

“The day #Kashmir people will praise you on their own volition coupled with spontaneity you may draw the conclusion that thinks are changing much to the glee of yourselves,” Chowdhury further tweeted. “Else it will be a futile excercise and certainly diminish our status of an independent sovereign entity, you are at liberty to host a feast of those consummate diplomats but for God’s sake do not indulge in fomenting fantasy.”

Since August 2019, the Modi government has organized three junkets for foreign diplomats and one for journalists from international publications who described the junket as a “tightly controlled, government-sponsored trip.” Envoys of twenty-four nations are currently on a two-day visit to J-K.

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