US pop celebrity Rihanna created a flutter in India on Tuesday by wading into months-long farmer protests towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agricultural reforms.
Tens of hundreds of younger and outdated farmers have blocked roads main into New Delhi for greater than two months, sheltering in tractors from the chilly.
A tractor rally by farmers final week in New Delhi turned violent. Police responded by shutting down the web, digging ditches, driving nails into roads and topping barricades with razor wire to stop farmers from getting into the capital once more.
“Why aren’t we talking about this?!” Rihanna stated in a Twitter publish, sharing a CNN article on the demonstrations along with her 100.9 million followers on the platform, utilizing the hashtag #FarmersProtest.
It was not instantly clear what led Rihanna, whose songs have accomplished properly in India, to out of the blue tweet on the topic.
The identical article was shared by teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg, who additionally expressed solidarity with the farmers.
As she trended on Twitter in India, Kangana Ranaut, who backs India’s ruling nationalist get together, lashed out at Rihanna.
“No one is talking about it because they are not farmers; they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA…” Ranaut instructed her three million followers on the identical platform, including: “Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies.”
The Queen actor additionally snapped again at Thunberg, saying: “No fancy activists will talk about genuine environmentalist our own grandma … but they will definitely promote dumb and a spoilt brat Greta Thunberg who is being used by entire left lobby and in return she gets to skip her education and school.”
The protests are led by Sikh farmers from the wheat and rice-growing state of Punjab in India’s north. The close-knit neighborhood, which is unfold around the globe, has additionally organised protests in Australia, Britain and the USA.
Sikh Coalition, a New York-based rights group, thanked Rihanna for casting extra worldwide highlight on the topic.
“For over a week, the Indian government has been suspending internet services around #FarmersProtest sites in a clear affront to the freedom of speech,” it stated on Twitter.