HYDERABAD: British foreign secretary has come under fire from Indians in the UK for his description of as “India-administered Kashmir” while reacting to the terror attack in Kashmir on February 14.
“Shocked by today’s senseless and brutal act of terror in India-administered Kashmir. I offer my sincere condolences to the victims’ families. We stand with India,” Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office had tweeted.
There was a backlash to Hunt’s tweet. One Khajuria Manu responded to him saying: “I am from J&K living in London. My home in Jammu is in India and not in “Indian Administered Kashmir”. Please don’t indulge in semantics which encourages terror state Pakistan. It will come back to haunt UK. Stand with India and against Terrorism.”
Member of Parliament from Ealing Southall, also shot off a letter to Jeremy Hunt on February 15. “I would firstly like to thank you for your tweet yesterday standing beside India in the face of a cowardly terrorist attack in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. I just wanted to raise one small point, that Jammu and Kashmir have been an integral part of the Indian state since they acceded to Indian in 1949. In your tweet you used the phrase ‘India-administered Kashmir’, which is deeply offensive to many in India, and this country, as it suggests that India is a colonisation nation, whereas the state chose to join India in 1947 due to constitutional commitment to secularism and plurality.”
Virendra Sharma further said: “I hope that you will withdraw this phrase and demure from using it again in the future due to the connotations this seemingly innocuous phrase contains,” Virendra Sharma said. He announced on his twitter about the letter he wrote to the British foreign secretary. He said: “I have written to Foreign Secretary today thanking him for his support of the Indian people, but requesting he withdraw his use of the term ‘India-administered Kashmir‘. The MP received appreciation for his response to the foreign secretary’s tweet.
Another person Bharat who responded to Jeremy Hunt’s tweet said: Thank you for your support but please get your facts right. Kashmir is and has been part of India and isn’t administered by India after taking over some territory. We British Hindus, supporters of Conservative Party expect more than just a mere tweet and accuracy from you.
Former UK MP Matthew Gordon-Banks tried to give a perspective to what the foreign secretary had tweeted. “I like to think the stands with Both Pakistan and India; in seeking to find peaceful solutions to problems in Kashmir. I am sure that is what the Foreign Secretary meant in his last sentence,” he said