International Celebrities Come In Support of Indian Farmers’ Movement

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The Foreign Ministry has reacted strongly to the foreign celebrities who came out in support of the peasant movement.  On Wednesday, the ministry bluntly said that the movement is an internal matter of India and foreign celebrities and others should not impose their agenda in it. Only a small section of farmers have objections to agricultural laws. The facts should be examined before being hurried to comment on their protest. Especially the urge to sensationalize hashtags and comments on social media by celebrities is neither right nor responsible. Several foreign celebrities made comments in support of the movement, including American pop star Rihanna, environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and Meena Harris, the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris. Describing this as unacceptable, the ministry said, “The country’s parliament has passed the laws after long debate and support.” Despite the performance of the farmers, talks are being done by the government. Some selfish groups attempted to garner international support against India. These demonstrations should be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos, the context of politics and the government’s efforts to remove the deadlock from the respective farmer groups. 

Many well-known celebrities, including legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, actors Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut, reacted to the issue. Sachin said, “Indians will take the decision for India”. Team India captain Virat Kohli tweeted, “Hopefully an amicable solution will be found. Stay united in this era of disagreements”.

Celebrities from all over the world are coming out in support of the farmers’ movement in India. The environmental activist Greta Thunberg, after Meena Harris, the niece of American Vice President Kamala Harris, has also extended her support to farmers.  Kamala Harris’s niece Meena Harris tweeted a picture of the farmers’ movement on Wednesday, writing, “It is not a coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy (America) was attacked a month ago and now the world’s largest democracy. But there is danger. Both these incidents are linked. We should be angry at the violence of the security forces against the agitating farmers in India and the shutdown of the Internet”. At the same time, Greta wrote, “We stand in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ movement in India”. Indian activist Lisipria Kanguzam, who works for the environment, also openly took to Twitter on the last day supporting the farmers’ movement. Earlier, Rihanna shared a news story about internet services being shut down at the protest venue and said, “Why are we not talking about this?”  Rihanna tweeted this with the hashtag farmer movement. Rihanna has 100 million followers on Twitter.  

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