Soon after pop icon Rihanna tweeted about the farmers’ protest in India, asking her 100 millions fans about the internet shutdown in the areas along the Delhi borders, it fueled global attention to the issue.
“Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest (sic)”, she tweeted. Her post was then widely shared, leading to a global outpouring of support to the farmers’ cause.
The farmers’ agitation against the three contentious laws passed by the center in September last year garnered global attention as Rihanna’s post went viral. It was followed by tweets from climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, and lawmakers from the United States and the United Kingdom, who came out in support of the protesting farmers along the Delhi borders.
There was a massive clash between the forces and the farmers in Delhi and the borders during the Republic Day. Now, the center has put up multiple barricades and barbed fences along the border to thwart the farmers from entering the capital.
Rihanna’s tweet created a furor on social media with tweets and counter tweets on the issue from all across the world.
On the other hand, the government has also released a statement on Wednesday morning saying, “a very small section of farmers have reservations about the reforms” that these laws aim to bring.
“Before rushing to comment on such matters, we urge that facts be ascertained and proper understanding of issues at hand be undertaken. Temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.”