As more and more international personalities come forward in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest, the Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement on Wednesday warning against the “temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments” against the new farm laws.
Ironically, though, the government statement ended with #IndiaAgainstPropoganda, the ministry said that the comments were “neither accurate nor responsible”. In the statement, the government claimed that the protests were by “a very small section of farmers” in parts of India.
“We would like to emphasise that these protests must be seen in the context of India’s democratic ethos and polity, and the efforts of the Government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse,” the statement added. “Before rushing to comment on such matters, we would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken.”
Earlier, popstar Rihanna created ripples on social media after she shared a news article about the farmers’ protests, captioning: “Why aren’t we talking about this?!”
Later, international environmentalist figure Greta Thunberg, ex-pornstar Mia Khalifa, and a popular vlogger Amanda Cerny came out in support of the farmers too.
“Yet, it is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests, and derail them. This was egregiously witnessed on January 26, India’s Republic Day. A cherished national commemoration, the anniversary of the inauguration of the Constitution of India, was besmirched, and violence and vandalism took place in the Indian capital,” the statement added. “Some of these vested interest groups have also tried to mobilise international support against India. Instigated by such fringe elements, Mahatma Gandhi statues have been desecrated in parts of the world. This is extremely disturbing for India and for civilised society everywhere.”