Khushi Bali, New Delhi
The incident that took place on 26 January 2021 has opened the doors for various debates. Various politicians and well-known leaders have shared their concern and views for the same. Smriti Irani, the Minister in the Union Cabinet of India has shared a tweet. The tweet states the decision taken by the Parliament of India after comments by Rihanna, Greta on Farmer’s Movement.
Rihanna, Greta and Meena Harris show support
▪︎Rihanna who is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman has shared a tweet on February 2, 2021. She wrote “why aren’t we talking about this? #Farmersprotest”
With this, she has shared a link of a news portal CNN.com.
▪︎After Rihanna’s tweet, Greta Thunberg who is a nominee for the Nobel Peace prize shared the same CNN article. She wrote, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India”. This 18-year-old girl has 4.6 million on tweeter.
▪︎Meena Harris who is US Vice-President Kamala Harris’s niece Meena also tweeted calling for action against India’s Internet shutdowns. She wrote “It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters.”
Many Twitterati lauded them for showing their concern for the sake of HUMANITY. There are other people too who are not happy seeing the interference.
Parliament passed reformist Agri legislation
After a few foreign individuals and entities shared their views on farmers’ protests, MEA released a statement. The Government of India dismissed tweets by top international celebrities. Government has also suggested the foreign celebrities ascertain facts and get a proper understanding of the issues before commenting on the same.
This is probably the first time that an official statement includes the hashtag. These two hashtags are #IndiaTogether, #IndiaagainstPropaganda. The Centre said that in order to end the deadlock, the Centre and farmers union representatives have held 11 rounds of talks and also agreed to hold the implementation of the laws for 1 to 1.5 years.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) February 3, 2021
Read the full statement here
“The Parliament of India, after a full debate and discussion, passed reformist legislation relating to the agricultural sector. These reforms give expanded market access and provided greater flexibility to farmers. They also pave the way for economically and ecologically sustainable farming.
A very small section of farmers in parts of India has some reservations about these reforms. Respecting the sentiments of the protestors, the Government of India has initiated a series of talks with their representatives. Union Ministers have been part of the negotiations, and eleven rounds of talks have already been held. The Government has even offered to keep the laws on hold and offer iterated by no less than the Prime Minister of India.
Yet, it is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26, India’s Republic Day. A cherished national commemoration, the anniversary of the inauguration of the Constitution of India, was besmirched, and violence and vandalism took place in the Indian capital.
Some of these vested interest groups have also tried to mobilise international support against India. Instigated by such fringe elements, Mahatma Gandhi statues have been desecrated in parts of the world. This is extremely disturbing for India and for civilised society everywhere.
Indian police forces have handled these protests with the utmost restraint. 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.
We would like to emphasise that these protests must be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity, and the efforts of the Government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse.
Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible. ”