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.

 

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg tweeted their support for the ongoing farmers’ protest in India.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

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.

Online access suspended in at least 14 of 22 districts in Haryana state near New Delhi, according to the Department of Information and Public Relations of Haryana on Sunday. That order was first imposed Tuesday in three Haryana districts for 24 hours but has been extended every day since.
A 48-hour internet shutdown was also imposed in three other areas around Delhi’s borders late on Friday, with India’s Ministry of Home Affairs saying the move was “in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency.”

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.

That same year, the internet was shut down by authorities in other areas, including in parts of New Delhi, amid widespread protests against a controversial citizenship law (CAA) considered by many to be discriminatory against Muslims.
After the 26th January 2021 clash between Police and farmers in Delhi,  Delhi Police has now come up with innovative methods to check their advance. Police have installed iron spikes and wooden boards with big nails cemented on to the roads.
Delhi Police announced cash reward of Rs 1 lakh each for information leading to the arrest of Deep Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh & Gurjant Singh, & Rs 50,000 each for the arrest of Jajbir Singh, Buta Singh, Sukhdev Singh & Iqbal Singh for their alleged involvement in Jan 26 violence.
Farmers claim that the new laws will weaken the minimum support price (MSP) system. But the Centre says the laws will only give farmers more options to sell their produce.

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