Several Indian celebrities from across film industries have reacted to the ongoing farmers’ protest and the recent tweets by international pop singer Rihanna and environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Taapsee Pannu, who began shooting for Looop Lapeta recently, reacted to a tweet that went viral. She wrote, “If one tweet rattles your unity, one joke rattles your faith or one show rattles your religious belief then it’s you who has to work on strengthening your value system not become ‘propaganda teacher’ for others.”
If one tweet rattles your unity, one joke rattles your faith or one show rattles your religious belief then it’s you who has to work on strengthening your value system not become ‘propaganda teacher’ for others.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 4, 2021
Sonakshi Sinha wrote a long post in her Instagram stories, an excerpt of which read, “The voices raised are about the violation of human rights, suppressions of free internet and expression, state propaganda, hate speech and abuse of power. Journalists are being harassed. Internet has been banned. Protesters are being vilified through state and media propaganda. Hate speech (desh ke gaddaro ko, goli maro sardaro ko resurfaced) is flourishing. THAT is the issue that’s taken global centre stage…. While news and media will have you think that these are outside forces trying to control the functioning of our country, you must remember that these are not alien species but fellow humans who are speaking up for the rights of other humans. To re-iterate, news tonight will try to paint a picture that ‘outside forces’ are trying to meddle in the functioning of our country. Please don’t give in to that narrative. It’s human, standing up for other humans. THAT’S the narrative.”
She said why aren’t we talking about this. Then we talked about it. Then a statement is issued (bad idea, IMHO, now everyone wants to know what the fuss was about) and a slew of carefully-worded ☮️things follow. And we’re still talking about it…this is what you came for 🎵 pic.twitter.com/EAeShpNvlU
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) February 3, 2021
We, being the responsible people, have to think about who questions and criticise farmer’s protest &it’s supporters. We have seen some flow of criticism against supporters of farmer’s protest which shown their stand for the survival of farmers!#WeNeedMSP
— pa.ranjith (@beemji) February 5, 2021
Human rights violations albeit by an elected government must be seen in the same vein as domestic violence or child abuse, and hence, can never be an internal matter.#FarmersProtest
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 4, 2021
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 2, 2021
Honestly, I don’t think Rihanna or Greta have anything more than superficial wisdom about Indian farmers. But gotta say it’s hilarious to see literally thousands of shaky Indian men get mobilized over a tweet, all the while proclaiming how secure they are in their policymakers 🤦
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) February 3, 2021
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) February 4, 2021
Most of Bollywood goes on everyday life as if the Farmers are invisible … all they seem to care about is being “spotted” in Maldives . Folks we owe something to the men and women who provide us the food we eat ,more than just what we pay to purchase that food #FarmersProtest
— অনির Onir اونیر ओनिर (@IamOnir) February 2, 2021
Others who shared similar posts include Richa Chadha, Shibani Dandekar, Siddharth, Swara Bhasker, Vir Das, Prakash Raj, Abhay Deol, Onir, Sushant Singh and Arjun Mathur.
Salman Khan on Thursday also expressed his thoughts. “The right thing should be done. The most correct thing should be done. The most noble thing should be done,” he said at Indian Pro Music League in Mumbai.
On Tuesday, Rihanna shared on Twitter a news report on farmers’ protest and the internet shutdown in Delhi and wrote, “Why aren’t we talking about this?” She soon found support in Greta Thunberg, actor John Cusack, US Vice president Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris, singers Jay Sean, Dr Zeus, among others.
The following day, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement slamming foreign individuals and entities for comments on the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. After the MEA statement, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Lata Mangeshkar, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Suniel Shetty, Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar among others took to social media to share posts with the #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda hashtags.