Starmer pitches to the Hindu right

Submitted by AWL on 4 May, 2020 - 8:32 Author: Mohan Sen
Barry Gardiner with Modi

Keir Starmer has signalled he intends to ignore Labour’s conference policy against Indian state oppression in Kashmir, as part of attempts to appeal to the Hindu right.

Following a meeting with “Labour Friends of India”, which acts as a channel between people in the Labour Party and India’s far-right Hindu nationalist government, Starmer declared that Kashmir is “a matter for the Indian Parliament” and that he wants “even closer business links” and “dialogue” with India. He also wrote to the Hindu nationalist “Hindu Forum of Britain” asking to meet them.

For more, see ‘Don’t bend to Modi – force Starmer to back down on Kashmir’ on The Clarion website.

Starmer is further underming Labour Party democracy; failing to stand up for human rights and democracy in Kashmir; and betraying comrades fighting the Hindu right, in India and in Indian communities here.

• Momentum Internationalists has initiated an open letter on Labour and Kashmir: see here.

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