Farmers’ Protest: On Wednesday, Akshay Kumar urged everyone to “accept an amicable settlement” and to ignore everyone who is “creating differences.”
During the ongoing farmers’ protest, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar urged everyone to “support an amicable settlement” and not pay attention to anyone “creating differences.” Akshay’s tweet was in response to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) after remarks made by international celebrities and others, including pop singer Rihanna, about farmer protests became a hot topic.
“Farmers are an extremely important part of our country,” Akshay wrote. And it’s clear that they’re working hard to fix their problems. Rather than focusing on those who are causing friction, let us endorse a peaceful resolution. #IndiaAgainstPropaganda #IndiaTogether.” [italics mine] Suniel Shetty, who came before Akshay, also urged everyone to take a “comprehensive” look at the situation.
Several members of the international community, including Greta Thunberg, a teen climate activist, and Kamala Harris, the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, have come out in support of the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s new agriculture laws, but most of their comments can only be seen as taking note. Their comments came after international pop star Rihanna posted a news storey detailing the Centre’s crackdown on farmers, which included the shutdown of internet access in several areas.
On Tuesday, Thunberg tweeted, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India,” tagging a CNN news story headlined, “India cuts internet across New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police.” “It’s no wonder that the world’s oldest democracy was targeted not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault,” Meena Harris, an American lawyer, and Kamala Harris’ niece, said.
“This is linked. India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary brutality against farmer demonstrators should enrage us all,” Meena Harris tweeted. Rihanna had earlier tweeted, “Why aren’t we talking about this?! Farmers are protesting using the hashtag #FarmersProtest.”
‘We will stage a protest,’ says a farmer leader who wants internet services restored.
India reacted angrily on Wednesday to comments about farmers’ protests made by international celebrities and others, including pop singer Rihanna, saying that a small number of farmers in some parts of the country have reservations about the farm reforms and that a thorough understanding of the problem is needed before commenting on the agitation.
‘Farmer protests will continue until October, and the Singhu border will be the HQ,’ says Rakesh Tikait.
“The allure of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when used by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a brief statement. The ministry also stated that India’s Parliament passed reformist legislation in the agricultural sector and that some vested interest groups have attempted to rally international support against the country.
We want to emphasize that these demonstrations must be seen in the light of India’s democratic culture and polity, as well as the government’s and concerned farmer groups’ efforts to break the impasse,” the statement said. The ministry said the “temptation of sensationalist” social media hashtags and comments, particularly when used by celebrities and others, is “neither accurate nor responsible,” and that “before rushing to comment on such matters, we would advise that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken.”