Many Bollywood and cricket stars gathered behind the government in their push back to the international celebrities voicing support for the farmers’ movement. On this, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday that the harm caused by the government’s “obduracy and undemocratic behaviour” to India’s international reputation can not be fixed by a cricketer’s tweets.
For their backing of the farmers’ protests, India hit out at international stars such as singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg. In their pushback, many Bollywood and cricket stars, as well as top ministers, also united behind the government.
Mr. Tharoor’s tweet came after the twin hashtags used by cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri: #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda. This was to intensify the pushback to the international celebrities.
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It is humiliating for the GoI (government of India) to get Indian celebrities to respond to Western ones. Mr Tharoor, who served as the Minister of State for External Affairs from May 2009 to April 2010 during the UPA II government, tweeted that the harm done to India’s global reputation by GoI’s obdurability and undemocratic conduct can not be rectified by a cricketer’s tweets.
“Withdraw the farm laws & discuss solutions with farmers & you’ll get #IndiaTogether”. The former UN under secretary general tweeted.
Another senior Member of Congress, P Chidambaram, said that it was nice for Rihanna and Greta Thunberg to sober up the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA). “Why does MEA regularly comment on issues that are “internal” to Sri Lanka and Nepal?” The former Union minister asked.
“Come on MEA, when will you realize that people concerned with issues of human rights and livelihoods do not recognize national boundaries? Why did MEA comment on the military coup in Myanmar? Why is it deeply concerning” to the MEA?” He said in tweets one after the other.
“Why did the PM of India comment on the assault on the Capitol building in Washington by the Trump stormtroopers? It is sad that someone erudite and worldly wise like Mr S Jaishankar should allow such puerile reactions by the MEA”. Mr Chidambaram said.
In addition to the voices of Rihanna and Thunberg, American actress Amanda Cerni, US Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris,” Serendipity ” star John Cusack. He retweeted a post reading “Let’s talk about what’s happening in India right now #FarmersProtest,” by Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate. “What happens to human rights violations?! Around New Delhi, they cut the internet?! #FarmersProtest.