New Delhi: Some Bollywood personalities, including actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn and director Karan Johar, have tweeted in support of the Ministry of External Affairs’ (MEA) statement against international support for the farmers’ protest.
Using the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda, the Bollywood celebrities said that citizens should focus on the government’s efforts to resolve the ongoing farmer crisis rather than paying attention to “half truths” and those “creating differences”.
The tweets were all sent within the same one-hour window.
Their comments came after the MEA reacted to a boost in the overseas response to the farmers’ protest, prompted by tweets by music icon Rihanna, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others.
Sharing MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava’s statement on Twitter, actor Akshay Kumar wrote, “Farmers constitute an extremely important part of our country. And the efforts being undertaken to resolve their issues are evident. Let’s support an amicable resolution, rather than paying attention to anyone creating differences.”
Farmers constitute an extremely important part of our country. And the efforts being undertaken to resolve their issues are evident. Let’s support an amicable resolution, rather than paying attention to anyone creating differences. 🙏🏻#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda https://t.co/LgAn6tIwWp
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 3, 2021
Filmmaker Karan Johar said we should make every effort to find solutions that work for everyone and shouldn’t let “anyone divide us”.
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. Let us not let anyone divide us. #IndiaTogether
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) February 3, 2021
Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor said, “Lets stand united against any propaganda.”
Lets stand united against any propaganda. Together we can and we will! #IndiaAgainstPropoganda #IndiaTogether https://t.co/4PhlCCowz4
— Ekta Kapoor (@ektarkapoor) February 3, 2021
Actor Ajay Devgn urged people to be wary of “false propaganda against India or Indian policies”.
Don’t fall for any false propaganda against India or Indian policies. Its important to stand united at this hour w/o any infighting 🙏🏼#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 3, 2021
Actor Suniel Shetty also shared the MEA statement on Twitter, saying nothing is “more dangerous than half truth”.
We must always take a comprehensive view of things, as there is nothing more dangerous than half truth. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda @hiteshjain33 https://t.co/7rNZ683ZAU
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) February 3, 2021
Singer Kailash Kher said that India will not tolerate comments against it.
बढ़ते वर्चस्व को देख भारत विरोधी किसी भी हद तक गिर रहे. Even in this sad phase of pandemic,India is helping all nations with vaccine supply for the sake of Humanity.Let all realise that India is ONE & will not tolerate comments against it. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
— Kailash Kher (@Kailashkher) February 3, 2021
Rihanna, late on Tuesday, tweeted to her nearly 100 million followers about the internet blackout imposed in New Delhi and adjoining areas, where the protesting farmers are camping. She tweeted a CNN news article headlined, “India cuts internet around New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police,” asking “why aren’t we talking about this? #FarmersProtest.”
Meanwhile, a group of 141 lawyers has written to Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, asking him to take cognisance of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ decision to suspend internet services in and around parts of Delhi-NCR during the ongoing farmers’ protests.