Popstar Rihanna and environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg extended support to the ongoing farmers’ agitation in India. Rihanna and Greta Thunberg are the latest international figures to have spoken up in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. Late Tuesday, Rihanna shared a news article about the farmer’s protest on Twitter and asked, “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest.” Celebrities including Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadha, filmmaker Hansal Mehta, You Tuber Lilly Singh reacted to Rihanna and Greta on Twitter.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg tweeted their support for the ongoing farmers’ protest in India.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 2, 2021
In December, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concerns over the Narendra Modi government’s retaliation against peaceful protests. A few days later, India’s external affairs ministry dubbed his statement as “unacceptable interference” in India’s internal affairs.
British-Sikh cricketer Monty Panesar and filmmaker Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham fame also tweeted about the protests.
— Gurinder Chadha OBE 💙 (@GurinderC) November 29, 2020
On the other hand, Kangana, who has been vocal in showing her opposition to the protests, took to Twitter to answer to Rihanna. She wrote, ” 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… Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies.”
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 USA…
Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies. https://t.co/OIAD5Pa61a
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) February 2, 2021
As per reports, Internet access remained blocked in several districts of a state bordering India’s capital following violent clashes between police and farmers protesting controversial agricultural reforms on 26th January 2021.
But this is not the first time as in 2019, the government imposed a month-long internet blackout in Indian-controlled Kashmir after India rewrote the constitution to remove Kashmir’s protected autonomy.