Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday, in comments that came on a day his ministry hit out singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for their support to farmers agitating against the new agricultural laws.
By Wednesday morning, several others including US Vice-President Kamala Harris's niece Meena Harris, lawmakers, singers and former adult entertainment star Mia Khalifa had tweeted on the farmers' protest, giving it a visibility far greater than brought to it by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's public support for the movement in its early days. Propaganda cannot decide India's fate only "Progress" can. Greta tweeted, "We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India".
Claiming that some of the vested interest groups have tried to mobilise global support against India, the MEA sent out a message to the like of celebrities like Rihanna that before rushing to comment on such matter, they should "ascertain the facts, and have a proper understanding of issues at hand".
The tweets by the foreign celebrities created a splash on social and other media, and the related hashtags were among the top trends on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Rihanna's tweet garnered respect and appreciation from Diljit Dosanjh, who has been a vocal voice amid the protest that has now been on for over a month.
"Let us talk about what is happening in India right now #FarmersProtest", Nakate tweeted, tagging Kangujam.
Sharing the ministry statement, Akshay Kumar wrote, "Farmers constitute an extremely important part of our country. Let's remain united as a nation", he said. As a proud Indian, I have full faith that any issues or problems that as a country we face, we are fully equipped to resolve them amicably, keeping the interest of our people in mind. Let us not let anyone divide us.
Karan wrote on Twitter, "We live in turbulent times and the need of the hour is prudence and patience at every turn". Let us together, make every effort we can to find solutions that work for everyone-our farmers are the backbone of India.
Diljith also shared a cryptic tweet, that netizens were quick to guess was a dig at his recent man Friday, Kangana Ranaut. he wrote, "Jaat Di Kohr Kirli, Shateeriyan Nu Jaffe..." The government had blocked internet services at three protest sites near Delhi borders.
Soon netizens began to give grief to Indian celebrities for choosing to speak on the farmers' protest only to bail the government out from worldwide embarrassment.