Sensationalist, irresponsible: India slams Rihanna and Co. over tweets on farmer protests

Brenda Watkins
February 4, 2021

Indian farmers' leaders have outlined plans to scale up months of protests against agricultural reforms, as their cause gained high-profile celebrity support, including pop superstar Rihanna. Their tweets gained massive attention as netizens started sharing their opinions.

"Why aren't we talking about this?!"

But it later unblocked some of these accounts, prompting New Delhi to write to the U.S. social media giant demanding that it obey the Government order, the technology ministry sources, who declined to be named as the notice to Twitter was not public, told Reuters. Thunberg said that she and her team "stand in solidarity" with the farmers of India.

The "temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments" is neither accurate nor responsible, the Ministry of External Affairs said as the global spotlight swivelled to the two-month protest to demand a rollback of three new agri laws and a host of stars, including singer Jay Sean and actor John Cusack, turned their attention to it. Union Ministers have been part of the negotiations, and eleven rounds of talks have already been held. It asserted that "vested interest groups" were trying to derail the talks. We saw how they unleashed violence and desecrated our national flag on Republic Day.

".Propaganda cannot decide India " s fate only "Progress" can.

Other worldwide celebrities like Lily Singh and Mia Khalifa have also tweeted about the ongoing plight of farmers in India. This is extremely disturbing for India and for civilised society everywhere. "Solidarity to the Indian Farmers". It may be noted that hundreds of men and women serving in the police have been physically attacked, and in some cases stabbed and seriously wounded.

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"Some of these vested interest groups have also tried to mobilize worldwide support against India. #FarmersProtest", she tweeted, linking a CNN news article on the internet shutdown around New Delhi as protesters clashed with the police.

Congresswoman Haley Stevens encouraged the Bharatiya Janata government and representatives of the protesting farmers to engage in productive discussions.

After RiRi made the tweet above to her 100 million followers, she initially received a lot of praise from her vocal supporters, alongside Bollywood actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh.

"This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India's internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters", she added.

A Union Home Ministry official has since said there has been no further extension of the Internet suspension at Delhi's borders which was till the night of 2 February.

As India's external affairs ministry called celebrities' "temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments" as "inaccurate and irresponsible", popular Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut targeted Rihanna, saying: "What is so special about her, well... she can shake her bum cheeks and expose her a** crack right in the camera lens while singing... ya that's all".

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