Are Rihanna and Greta Thunberg paid to rake-up Farmers' issue in India? Here's what experts say

The ongoing farmers' protest in India seems to have taken a new shape after it was raked-up by Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and Mia Khalifa on Tuesday. All three of them have extended support and solidarity to the farmers who have been protesting against the reformative farm laws that passed in the Indian Parliament last year.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 03, 2021 13:48 IST
Are Rihanna and Greta Thunberg paid to rake-up Farmers' issue in India? Here's what experts say
Rihanna and Greta Thunberg on Farmers Protest in India- Image courtesy- The Bridge Chronicle

Hours after the pop-singer Rihanna raked-up the issue of Farmers' protest in India, the Climate and Environmental activist Greta Thunberg jumped in the support of the protesting farmers in India. The two extended solidarity to the farmers who are protesting against the three farm laws that passed in Parliament last year. However, in its recent statement, the Indian Foreign Ministry called the foreign individuals' comments on farmers' issue in India as 'Unfortunate' and promotion of an agenda.

In conversation with the experts, an expert from the panel hitting-out at foreign individuals (Greta Thunberg, Rihanna, and Mia Khalifa among others) said that it could be possible these foreign entities are working on someone's directions, and can't be denied paid some money to promote their agenda and to fuel the Farm Laws' protests".

"Having millions of followers on the social media, all these individuals are taking-up a report of CNN who has been reportedly accused of working on behalf of the left-wing in India", an expert said.

According to the experts, it is possible that these foreign individuals could have been approached by some external forces who have been working to derail these farmers' protests in India. "What these individuals (Rihanna, Greta Thunberg, & others) are saying on farmers' protest and well within twenty-four hours, is suspicious, panelist added.

Earlier, on Tuesday Pop star Rihanna extended her support to the protesting farmers in India and opposed the shutdown of internet in Haryana a district adjacent to Delhi. Quoting a CNN report published on the ongoing Farmers' protest in India Rihanna wrote that why are not we talking about these protests.  Rihanna who is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman said, "why aren’t we talking about this?! FarmersProtest", quoting the CNN report she tweeted. 

Add to this, the Climate & Environmental activist Greta Thunberg also commented on the Farmers' protest in Delhi. In his tweet 18-year-old, Thunberg said, "We stand in solidarity with the Farmers Protest in India."

The two celebrities succeed in drawing international attention to farmers' protests in India after the Indian Government decided to suspend Internet access in several districts of Haryana, a state bordering India's capital following violent weekend clashes between cops and protesting farmers.

The Indian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday released a statement and said, "It is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, & derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26".

Read- MEA Statement on Foreign Individuals commented on Farmers' issue

"Before rushing to comment on such matters, we urge that facts be ascertained & proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags & comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities & others, is neither accurate nor responsible".

Giving reference to the legal jurisdictions, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the Parliament of India, after a full debate & discussion, passed this reformist legislation relating to the agricultural sector. These reforms give expanded market access & provided greater flexibility to farmers.

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