After foreign celebrities like Rihanna, Greta Thunberg, Amanda Cerny, Jay Sean and many others extended their support to the protesting farmers, the Centre took a strong objection on the comments by them. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) released a statement that said a proper understating of the matter is needed before rushing to the comment section. The top BJP leaders like party chief JP Nadda, to Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Kiren Rijiju,Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani, tweeted in reaction of the tweets by foreign celebrities using hastags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda soon after the statement from foreign ministry. The BJP leaders called it a propaganda against India.
The government would like to emphasize that these protests must be seen as 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 MEA said in a statement. Before rushing to comment on such matters, the government would urge that the facts be ascertained, and a proper understanding of the issues at hand be undertaken. The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible, the statement added.
Party chief J.P. Nadda shared the MEA statement in his tweet, saying the country stand together and united against all attempts to malign India through propaganda and fake narratives.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri quoted the MEA statement in his tweet and wrote, the reformist agricultural legislations were passed by India’s parliament after full debate & discussion. The government has already held 11 rounds of talks with some farmers who expressed their reservations about the laws. He also said some public figures are commenting on the matter without ascertaining facts.
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said for 1000 of years India was defeated, occupied, looted & ruled by the invaders not because India was weak but there was always a Jaichand. He asserted that there’s a need to ask who’s behind this international propaganda to defame India.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also shared the statement of MEA. Here’s what she tweeted:
Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani also slammed the international celebrities using hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.