A leaked letter written to Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies has exposed the real motive behind the so-called delegation of 27 EU MPs visiting Kashmir on Tuesday. The said letter has brought the role of one ‘international broker’ Madi Sharma under the scanner. The letter released by Davies shows how Sharma had extended the invitation to EU MPs to visit India on a fully sponsored trip and take part in a ‘prestigious VIP meeting with the Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Narendra Modi.’
The invitation to EU MPs was extended by Sharma, whose Twitter bio describes her as a ‘Social Capitalist’ and ‘International Business Broker.’ It’s not clear who had empowered her to fix the Indian PM’s diary with incredible confidence and whether the Indian government or the ruling BJP had any role behind taking care of the finance required to fund this seven-star trip of 27 European lawmakers.
In another development, Davies said that the invitation to him by Sharma was withdrawn three days after he received the mail from her. He said that he was not prepared to take part in ‘a PR stunt for the Modi government and pretend that all is well (in Kashmir).” “It is very clear that democratic principles are being subverted in Kashmir, and the world needs to start taking notice,” Davies was quoted by the Hindustan Times.
The invitation to the European MP’s was sent out by someone called Madi Sharma. She promised a ‘prestigious VIP meeting’ with India’s Prime Minister, in addition to the Kashmir trip. (Screenshot of her mail exchange with MEP Chris Davies, released by his office) @OnReality_Check pic.twitter.com/6giTXCCjaq
— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) October 29, 2019
Modi met all 27 EU MPs on Monday and posted a group photo with them on Twitter. Experts believe that the hospitality extended to these MPs were similar to the one reserved for the heads of states. 22 out of 27 MPs travelling to Kashmir in what appeared to be a propaganda exercise, belonged to Europe’s far-right parties.
This is not the first time Sharma has been at the helm of facilitating such a high-profile visit to meet a prime minister of a south Asian country. Last year, she had taken a delegation to meet Bangladeshi Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina. She later took to Twitter to flaunt her meeting with the Bangladeshi PM.
CONGRATS – @NASA goes to #Mars as #Bangladesh goes from a Least Developed Country to a seriously Developing one – both parties have #vision #innovation #Investment + #humancapital as their strengths …. proving “what we can conceive we can achieve” pic.twitter.com/sTdNCwuDhv
— Madi Sharma (@MadiSharma1) November 27, 2018
Modi personally welcoming 27 MPs from the EU even though they arrived in India in their personal capacity had raised plenty of eyebrows since his government had not allowed India’s own MPs including one hailing from Kashmir to visit the valley after the government abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The valley has been under complete lockdown with nearly eight million people being denied access to the internet for nearly three months now.
Sharma has not commented on the revelation made by Davies or the leaking of the letter sent by her to the MEPs.