Taking a strong exception to the affidavit filed by the government, justifying the offloading of a Greenpeace activist bound for UK, MP-based organisations on Monday asked how the government would allow foreign players to invest in India if it was wary of their environmental ratings.
The organisations said the ministry of home affairs, in its affidavit, had indicated that countries like UK, USA and members of the European Union had reduced their ratings of India based on the reports presented by Indian activists at events organised by international rights bodies and Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai was therefore, stopped from attending one such event.
Organisations including, Samajwadi Jan Parishad (SJP), Jagrut Adivasi Dalit Si Sangathan (JADS), Shramik Adivasi Sangathan (SAS) and Kisan Adivasi Sangathan (KAS) said in a statement that the affidavit showed the Centre was hiding some serious issues and biased reports of these countries and trying to gag the voice of dissent.
The groups said while the Centre was free to invite foreign investors, stating of facts and figures before representatives of those countries did not amount to sabotaging foreign investment or maligning the country’s image.
The groups said, "It's quite hilarious and misconceived of the Government of India to think that in today's globalised world, the medieval ways of not allowing to travel would work towards gagging of dissenting voices."
They further said the Narendra Modi government, which recently signed the nuclear deal with the USA, had no moral and legal right to prevent activists from travelling abroad to present their view points.