US pop superstar, Rihanna created a flutter in India as she tweeted on the farmer protests that are currently taking place in India. Tens of thousands of farmers, both young and old have been protesting in Delhi against the new farm laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for the past two months. They have braved the biting cold climate and are taking shelter in tractors. They are demanding the repeal of three laws passed in September, 2020, which they say will destroy their livelihood and would bring the vast agricultural sector under corporate control.
A tractor rally by farmers last week in New Delhi turned violent and resulted in one being killed and hundreds wounded. The police retaliated by shutting down the internet, digging ditches, driving nails into roads and topping barricades with razor wire to prevent farmers from entering the capital again.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 2, 2021
Rihanna on seeing CNN’S article on this issue, tweeted, “Why aren’t we talking about this”? It is unclear as to what made her to suddenly tweet on the subject. A couple of hours after Rihanna’s tweet, Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, also posted the same CNN article and expressed her solidarity with the protesting farmers. Meena Harris, an American lawyer, author and the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris also tweeted her solidarity with the protesting Indian farmers.