Rihanna and others have supported the farmers’ protests in India

Rihanna and others have supported the farmers' protests in India
Some of India’s top Bollywood stars have sided with the government. Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar and others came to the government’s defense, and some shared press releases issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling on their followers to oppose foreign interference, using the hashtag # IndiaAgainst Propaganda.
India’s top movie stars have hit back at Western celebrities for “meddling” in Indian affairs after US pop star Rihanna and Swedish “green girl” Greta Thunberg, among others, tweeted their support for ongoing farmers’ protests in the country, RT reported Wednesday.

Credit: Rihanna
Pop star Rihanna on February 2 shared on Twitter a CNN report that Haryana, which borders the Indian capital, was notified of a “shutdown” over the weekend after clashes between farmers and police, writing: “Why don’t we talk about it?” Subsequently, the Swedish environmental girl Sandberg and others responded to her appeal.

A screenshot of Rihanna’s tweet
Farmers’ protests in India turned violent last week when dozens of police officers were injured and at least one protester died in clashes in New Delhi, reports said. The protests were sparked by a controversial agricultural reform bill that some Indian farmers say will open the country’s markets to foreign exploitation. However, the government maintains that the reforms will actually increase farmers’ output by opening the market to private investment and giving producers more choices for buyers of their produce.

Some of India’s top Bollywood stars have sided with the government. Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar and others came to the government’s defense, and some shared press releases issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling on their followers to oppose foreign interference, using the hashtag # IndiaAgainst Propaganda.

On social media Twitter, more Indian celebrities responded to posts by Western celebrities. Responding to Rihanna’s tweet, Pragyan Ojha, a former Indian cricketer, said: “Our country is proud of our farmers and knows their importance. I’m sure this problem will be solved soon and we don’t need an outsider to interfere in our internal affairs!”

Rihanna and others have supported the farmers' protests in India
Screenshot of former Indian cricketer responding to Rihanna’s tweet
A Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut, was more pointed in her response. “No one is talking about this because they are not farmers, they are terrorists trying to divide India,” she tweeted. Sit down, you fools, we will not sell our country like you fools.”

Responding to Mr. Sandberg’s remarks, Sudhir Chaudhary, an Indian news anchor, said, “The protesting farmers do not want punishment for the burning of straw that turns Delhi into a gas chamber every year. Does’ climate activist ‘Greta Sandberg know this, or is she just tweeting her support to get attention?” He also accused the teenage environmental activist of spouting “half-baked knowledge”.

A screenshot of a tweet by Indian news presenter Sudhir Chaudhry
The Indian foreign ministry said in a statement published on Wednesday, “stop meddling in” the Indian government official position of protests, “unfortunately, (we) see vested interest groups try to impose their agenda in the protests, and make them derailment”, and accused the group tried to “mobilizing the international community to support against India”.
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