Government of India Issues Statement After Foreign Celebrities Tweet on Farmer's Protest

Rihanna's Tweet About Indian Farmers' Protest Sparks Social Media Uproar, Kangana Calls Her 'Fool'

Waving flags and banners, the protesters demanded the repeal of new agriculture reform laws which the farmers say will favour large corporations. Their tweets gained massive attention as netizens started sharing their opinions.

RiRi on Tuesday took to Twitter and tweeted "why aren't we talking about this?!".

Talks between the government and the protest leaders have so far failed to achieve any breakthrough. Union Ministers have been part of the negotiations, and eleven rounds of talks have already been held.

The heightened security measures and various restrictions have been imposed at the three protest sites - Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border), Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border) and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana border) - since the Republic Day violence that had left over 500 police personnel injured and one protestor dead.

The common theme among the four Indian celebrities in their tweets was the attempt to declare the support extended by Rihanna, Greta, Meena and Mia as worldwide propaganda.

"Some of these vested interest groups have also tried to mobilise global support against India". Instigated by such fringe elements, Mahatma Gandhi statues have been desecrated in parts of the world.

The protests are led by Sikh farmers from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in India's north.

About law enforcement during the protests, the ministry said the police had shown the "utmost restraint" and claimed that hundreds of men and women serving in the force had been physically attacked and in some instances seriously wounded.

"No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like the USA".

The MEA has slammed the remarks made by Rihanna and other celebrities and activists on farmer protests, saying the facts on the issue must be ascertained before rushing to comment on it. "The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible", reads the statement with the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

Greta Thunberg, who has over 4.7 million followers on Twitter, also shared the CNN article initially posted by Rihanna. Her tweet prompted other well-known personalities to share their views on the protests as well.

However, there were also voices within the Indian entertainment industry which backed the farmers.

Taking to Twitter, many people reminded the extremist BJP trolls that Rihanna was not a paid Pakistani agent and neither was she a Pakistani national.



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