Indian Workers’ Association (IWA) national vice-president Harsev Bains warned that Britain is preparing for a trade deal worth billions with India, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poor human rights record.

The nationalist leader is stoking division through the Citizenship Amendment Act, the removal of statehood from the disputed Kashmir region and his marketisation of the agricultural sector.

“If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is sure that we are not isolated islands, but part of a global network of nations,” Mr Bains told the Morning Star.

“We need to work together to renew and refresh the world for the many. The IWA calls for a progressive foreign policy representative of the people of Britain, not the ruling class.”