Responding to a tweet posted by PM Modi on the much-contested Agricultural Bills, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut said that farmers protesting the Bills were “terrorists.”
प्रधानमंत्री जी कोई सो रहा हो उसे जगाया जा सकता है, जिसे ग़लतफ़हमी हो उसे समझाया जा सकता है मगर जो सोने की ऐक्टिंग करे, नासमझने की ऐक्टिंग करे उसे आपके समझाने से क्या फ़र्क़ पड़ेगा? ये वही आतंकी हैं CAA से एक भी इंसान की सिटिज़ेन्शिप नहीं गयी मगर इन्होंने ख़ून की नदियाँ बहा दी. https://t.co/ni4G6pMmc3— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 20, 2020
In it, she writes, “PM Modi ji,those who are sleeping can be woken up,if someone has misunderstood,one can make him understand, but if someone is acts like she doesnt understand, then what can one do? Not even a single person lost their citizenship from CAA and it is these same terrorists, who have shed rivers of blood (for that act).”
The recent bills that have been passed in the parliament by the Modi Government have been heavily criticised for being anti-farmer and pro-market. While Modi stated in his tweet that Minimum Support Prices will continue, farmers and critics have other concerns as well; the Bill could undermine food security and increase hoarding by traders, which would profit the market but not farmers. There’s no mechanism for price fixation and it would increase cooperative federalism.
Kangana’s statement reads as ignorant as well as insensitive. Firstly, it ignores the plight of Muslims in the country by blatantly falsifying the existence of detention camps as well as the extent of state violence that Muslims faced. Secondly, it also undermines the concerns of farmers at a time where India has one of the highest numbers of farmer suicides in the world. One farmer had already lost his life protesting the Bills. It also uses existing Islamophobia to create a bias against the farmers.
Farmer Pritam Singh 60, who gulped poisonous substance at protest at vill Badal against agri bills, dies, farmer organisation terms him as first shaheed of protests against bills @_YogendraYadav @kkuruganti pic.twitter.com/wDIqmE1h9d— Neel Kamal (@NeelkamalTOI) September 18, 2020
We need to save the industry from various terrorists— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 19, 2020
1) Nepotism terrorism
2) Drug Mafia terrorism
3) Sexism terrorism
4) religious and regional terrorism
5) Foreign films terrorism
6) Piracy terrorism
7) Labourer’s exploitation terrorism
8) Talent exploitation terrorism
The statement is especially ironic since Kangana had been recently calling the exploitation of labourers in Bollywood “terrorism”. The selective allyship for only some unions exposes her opportunistic activism.