Bollywood actor and Hindu right-wing activist Kangana Ranaut lashed out at Indian cricketers and called them “dhobi ka kutta” for taking a mild position against protesting farmers.
Ranaut insisted on Twitter that cricketers should have called out farmers as “terrorists”. Twitter immediately deleted the actor’s tweet for violating rules.
In a tweet, Ranaut said: “Why all these cricketers sounding like dhobi ka kutta na ghar ka na ghat ka.”
“Why would farmers be against laws which are revolutionary for their well being. These are terrorists who are causing ruckus … say that na itna darr lagta hai ?”
Dhobi ka kutta, na ghar ka na ghat ka is a Hindi proverb that literally translates to a “washerman’s dog, who belongs to no one”.
Ranaut has been taking a radical lead in stoking hate against protesting farmers as months-long demonstration camped around India’s capital got support from Hollywood Popstar Rihanna.
Following Rihanna’s word of support for farmers, more international figures including environmentalist Greta Thunberg, Meena Harris, and Amanda Cerny, raised their voices in support.
Ranaut was upset with Indian cricket giants who had responded to Rihana by tweeting similar sentences in support of Indian government.
Indian cricketers including giants like Sachin Tendulkar had supported the government’s stand and tweeted that “India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised”.
“External forces can be spectators but not participants,” Tendulkar tweeted. “Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.”
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma tweeted: “India has always been stronger when we all stand together and finding a solution is the need of the hour. Our farmers play an important role in our nation’s well being and I am sure everyone will play their roles to find a solution TOGETHER. #IndiaTogether”.
He was joined by the team captain Virat Kohli and other public figures including Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, and Karan Johar to tweet on unity amid the ongoing farmers’ protests on Delhi’s border areas.
Kohli tweeted, “Let us all stay united in this hour of disagreements. Farmers are an integral part of our country and I’m sure an amicable solution will be found between all parties to bring about peace and move forward together. #IndiaTogether”