Dwelling Minister Amit Shah this night turned the senior-most member of the authorities to warn of the “temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and feedback” – a response to the wave of assist for farmers protesting the brand new agriculture legal guidelines, a wave generated by a six-word tweet from pop star Rihanna.
Mr Shah joined the rising record of BJP politicians and leaders, and Bollywood celebrities tweeting towards “propaganda” that threatens nationwide unity.
“No propaganda can deter India’s unity! No propaganda can cease India to achieve new heights! Propaganda can’t determine India’s destiny solely ‘Progress’ can. India stands united and collectively to attain progress,” Mr Shah tweeted.
Late Tuesday evening Rihanna tweeted to her 100 million followers: “Why aren’t we speaking about this #FarmersProtest?” and shared an article on the farmers’ protest by American news outlet CNN.
No propaganda can deter India’s unity!
No propaganda can cease India to achieve new heights!
Propaganda can’t determine India’s destiny solely ‘Progress’ can.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 3, 2021
Her tweet was shortly adopted by a flood of such messages, together with one from teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg and Lebanese-American former grownup movie star Mia Khalifa. Each Rihanna and Ms Khalifa had been labelled “anti-national” at present by the BJP’s Sambit Patra.
Rihanna’s tweet additionally triggered a livid pushback towards the singer – together with an abusive reply by actor Kangana Ranaut – with responses from actors Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Ajay Devgn, filmmaker Karan Johar, and a lot of union ministers.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar additionally tweeted.
India’s sovereignty can’t be compromised. Exterior forces will be spectators but not individuals.
Indians know India and may determine for India. Let’s stay united as a nation.#IndiaTogether#IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2021
The pushback adopted a proper response from the federal government – a response that didn’t point out Rihanna but highlighted “vested curiosity teams attempting to implement their agenda… tried to mobilise worldwide assist towards India…”
“A really small part of farmers in elements of India have some reservations about these reforms,” the federal government mentioned, referring to a protest that has seen tens of hundreds of farmers throughout India specific their concern over legal guidelines that they are saying will endanger their livelihoods.
The centre additionally mentioned the police drive, which had been criticised for extreme drive towards protesting farmers, had dealt with the protests with “utmost restraint”.
The centre insists the legal guidelines shall be helpful and will not repeal them. As an alternative, an 18-month keep was supplied – after the Supreme Court docket stopped implementation for 2 years – but turned down.
Final week the farmers’ tractor rally by Delhi turned violent after some teams veered off track and stormed into the Crimson Fort, resulting in the dying of 1 individual and accidents to lots of of cops.
Since then the centre’s containment measures have escalated, with barbed wire fences, concrete barricades and iron rods getting used to cease farmers from advancing into the nationwide capital.