After Rihanna, Greta comes out in support of farmers
As India celebrated her 72nd Republic Day all over the country, a peaceful protest turned into a violent agitation in the national capital. The tractor rally by the farmers protesting against the Farm Laws turned into a violent procession where a farmer was killed and several policemen were injured.
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As the police in and around New Delhi, restricted farmers from entering the capital, the government also disconnected the internet services and mobile networks. The agitation has turned into an ego clash between the protesters and the government. While the government had promised to delay the execution of farm laws by 18 months and also form a committee to look into the grievances of the farmers, the protesters want the laws to be scrapped completely.
The issue took a new turn when several international celebrities too took notice of the protests and started tweeting about it. Pop star Rihanna had asked “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest” on her Twitter and many Indian supporters came out to thank her for the same. Young climate activist Greta Thunberg too tweeted: We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.
This has not gone down well with the Indian government with the ministries calling it a propaganda to defame the country.
Several other celebrities too came out in support of the protestors. Among them was US Vice President Kamala Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, who tweeted: “We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters.”
American actress Amanda Cerni wrote, “The world is watching. You don’t have to be Indian or Punjabi or South Asian to understand the issue. All you have to do is care about humanity.”
Several politicians in the US and the UK have also addressed the issue on social media. However, the Indian government has taken strong action against such accounts. But can you suppress a view? What do you think?