Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to India, an influential US lawmaker on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 expressed concern over the ongoing movements across the country against Kashmir and the Citizenship Amendment Act. The US lawmaker said that India should protect the minorities and not lose the secular democracy of the country.
Amy Bera, president of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian Affairs, said the Americans wanted the Kashmir issue resolved and daily routine normally restored to the region. Bera, a four-time MP from the Democratic Party of California, said, “We don’t want India to lose secular democracy, it’s what separates it from the other countries.” This is the thing about India that makes it such a valuable partner of America.
A group of journalists was asked by the American leader whether he had conveyed his concerns over Kashmir to Indian authorities. He said that we have expressed our concern over the detention of political leaders in Kashmir. Let me tell you that Democrats Bera and George Holding are on a two-day visit to India.
Bera further said that he wants to bring a Congress delegation to Kashmir. He said, ‘We expressed our wish that our delegation would like to visit a Kashmir.’
It is noteworthy that in August last year, the central government repealed most of the provisions of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from this, the state has been divided into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. It will have an assembly in Jammu and Kashmir while Ladakh will be a union territory with no assembly.