Indian celebrities on Wednesday hit back at pop superstar Rihanna and environment activist Greta Thunberg for making social media remarks about mass farmers’ protests.
As the federal government and farmers set out ever tougher positions in their 2 month-old battle over brand-new farming laws, sporting legend Sachin Tendulkar and a host of Bollywood stars hit out at what the foreign ministry called “sensationalist” Twitter comments.
Rihanna, who has more than 100 million Twitter fans, wrote “why aren’t we talking about this?!”, with a link to a newspaper article about a web blackout at the demonstration camps where tens of thousands of farmers have actually been because November.
Super star Rihanna has infuriated the Indian federal government by tweeting in assistance of protesting farmers AFP/ Martin BUREAU
More than one million individuals retweeted, liked or discussed her Tweet.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg also tweeted a story about the blackout, stating: “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.” Meena Harris, a niece of United States Vice President Kamala Harris– whose mom was born in India– included her assistance.
The celeb tweets activated an online storm in India, where the protests have ended up being the most significant obstacle to Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi considering that he took power in 2014.
Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg has also tweeted in assistance of the protesting Indian farmers AFP/ Jonathan NACKSTRAND
” The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and remarks, particularly when turned to by stars and others, is neither precise nor accountable,” said the foreign ministry.
Tendulkar, cricket’s greatest scoring international, led the Twitter riposte by Indian celebs.
Countless Indian farmers have been objecting against a new law they fear will permit huge corporations to take control of the sector AFP/ Sajjad HUSSAIN
” India’s sovereignty can not be jeopardized. External forces can be spectators but not individuals,” he said.
Bollywood starlet Kangana Ranaut, a Modi fan, called the opposing farmers “terrorists” and Rihanna a “fool”.
Actors and directors Anupam Kher, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Karan Johar signed up with the fray versus the “immigrants”.
The federal government later threatened Twitter with “chastening action” for unlocking 250 accounts and tweets on the farmers’ protests that the US company had previously blocked. Twitter took the initial action following a government notice, but reversed course after a couple of hours.
Among accounts targeted was a prominent news publication and others linked to farmer unions.
The Electronic devices and IT ministry stated Twitter had “unilaterally” unblocked the accounts and material which it was “obliged” to obey government orders. “Refusal to do so will invite penal action.”
A senior ministry authorities told AFP that the obstructing order had actually targeted material that had the hashtag “#ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide” and not general comments about the demonstrations.
India has actually likewise faced criticism from media watchdogs over the arrest of a journalist covering the demonstrations and examinations launched into five others– who might face sedition charges.
In the middle of the war of words, authorities stepped up pressure on the protest camps, setting up barbed wire fences around some and putting down spikes on roads causing them so that tractors can not bring more supports.
However at a rally attended by an approximated 50,000 individuals in Haryana state, farmers leader Rakesh Tikait swore to mobilise thousands more farmers for the Delhi demonstrations where a day of action is planned for Saturday.