New Delhi, Feb 03: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Wednesday welcomed the international support pouring in for the agitating farmers saying that whereas it’s a matter of satisfaction that eminent world personalities are displaying sensitivity in the direction of the reason for farmers in India.
“The farmer motion is getting stronger daily. After heavy support in Kisan Mahapanchayats in Uttar Pradesh, farmers have organized Mahapanchayats in Dabra and Phulbagh in Madhya Pradesh, Mehndipur in Rajasthan and Jind in Haryana. A lot of farmers shall be coming to Delhi within the coming days,” the SKM stated.
“After the atrocities of the federal government, farmers have once more began a dharna at Palwal border. In the approaching days, numerous farmers will attain this website from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan,” she added.
Several international personalities, together with singers Jay Sean, Dr Zeus and former grownup star Mia Khalifa, have joined pop star Rihanna in supporting Indian farmers who’ve been protesting for over two months in opposition to the three contentious agri legal guidelines.
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On Tuesday night time, Rihanna shared a CNN information article along with her 100 million followers on Twitter, calling out the web shutdown on the protest website.
“Why aren”t we speaking about this? #FarmersProtest,” the 32-year-old singer wrote.
Soon after, Swedish teen local weather activist Greta Thunberg additionally got here out in support of the protesters as she shared the identical article and wrote, “We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India.”
Thousands of farmers, primarily from Punjab and Haryana, have been tenting at a number of Delhi border factors since November final 12 months, demanding the federal government to repeal the three farm legal guidelines and authorized assure of minimal support worth (MSP) for their crops.
Hollywood star John Cusack, who beforehand voiced support to anti-CAA protestors in February 2020, retweeted a put up by Vanessa Nakate, a Ugandan local weather activist, studying, “Let us speak about what is going on in India proper now #FarmersProtest.”
The Hollywood star had beforehand posted in support of the agitation on January 30 with the tweet, “Sikhs farmers are wonderful.”
Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, popularly identified by his international stage identify Jay Sean, took to Instagram and wrote that regardless of the farmers agitation being one of many largest protests “ever in historical past”, there has not been sufficient mainstream protection of the occasion.
“I stay within the US and I”ve barely seen it on the information or mainstream media. I don”t know what must be completed to boost extra consciousness and have extra eyes on this however I”ve seen movies which can be far too graphic and heartbreaking to put up.
“People which can be sufficiently old to be my grandparents being trampled over with no regret or regard. Please go to my story the place I’ll put up a petition hyperlink and one thing actionable,” the Indian-origin British artiste wrote.
Baljit Singh Padam aka rapper Dr Zeus retweeted Rihanna”s tweet and wrote that “everybody with sense” internationally are questioning concerning the lack of highlight on the protests.
“World media must get up. #FarmersProtest,” the Indian-origin British singer stated.
Khalifa took to Twitter and criticised the remedy being meted out to the protesting farmers. “What within the human rights violations is occurring?! They reduce the web round New Delhi?! #FarmersProtest,” she wrote.
In a subsequent tweet, the 27-year-old Lebanese American took on those that referred to as farmers “paid actors” as she reiterated her support to them.
“”Paid actors” huh? Quite the casting director, I hope they are not neglected throughout awards season. I stand with the farmers. #FarmersProtest.”
Rihanna”s tweet gained instantaneous traction on Twitter, with lakhs of retweets and likes.
The singer, who has world chartbusters like “Diamonds”, “Umbrella” and “We Found Love” to her credit score, was hailed by a piece of social media customers for talking up at a time when many Bollywood celebrities have stayed mum on the problem.
Indo-Canadian YouTube star and late-night speak present host Lilly Singh thanked Rihanna for bringing the protests to world highlight.
“Thank you a lot @rihanna. This is a humanity problem! #IStandWithFarmers and this narrative is drained,” Singh wrote.
US-based Indian filmamker Ritesh Batra, identified for movies like “The Lunchbox” and “Photograph”, tweeted that the “complete world is watching the farmer agitation in India.”
Popular Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, one of many first celebrities to voice his support for farmers, got here up with a music devoted to Rihanna, title Ri Ri.
American social media star Amanda Cerny additionally took to social media to support the farmers.
“The world is watching. You don”t must be Indian or Punjabi or South Asian to know the problem. All you need to do is care about humanity. Always demand freedom of speech, freedom of press, fundamental human and civil rights-equity and dignity for staff,” she wrote.
On Tuesday, Bollywood actors Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker, who’ve been vocal supporters of the agitation, lauded Rihanna”s remarks, whereas actor Kangana Ranaut criticised her assertion.
Actor Sayani Gupta lamented the silence of mainstream Bollywood celebrities and sportspersons on the contentious problem.
“Dear Indian celebrities/ actors/ sportsmen/ musicians/stars, develop some backbone. Love,” the “Article 15” actor wrote.
Only a number of stars from Bollywood have come out in support of farmers, together with Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu, Sonu Sood, filmmaker Hansal Mehta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Divya Dutta and Neha Sharma.
Farmer unions have introduced a national blockade of nationwide and state highways for three hours on Saturday after they would block in protest in opposition to the web ban in areas close to their agitation websites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities and different points.
Sites of the farmer protest at Delhi”s borders have became fortresses with police beefing up safety and placing up multi-layer barricades to cease the motion of autos. Concertina wires have additionally been put as much as maintain off individuals on foot.
The strengthened safety measures come after the violence through the Republic Day tractor parade by the farmers.