‘You Must Be Ashamed of Yourself’: Why Are Kannadigas Enraged With Anil Kumble?

They advised him to stand up for the people and not be enslaved by the ruling party, if he wanted to be recorded in the books of history.

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Global pop stars like Rihanna and activists like Greta Thunberg took to Twitter on February 3, 2021, pulling the world’s attention to the ongoing farmers’ protests in India. Since then, there has been an increasing international support for India’s farmers’ movement, with many international celebrities, politicians and social workers openly coming out in support of the Indian farmers. This overwhelming support to the farmers’ struggle which is critiquing the Narendra Modi led central government was frowned upon by the Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry also issued a statement noting that the farmers’ struggle is an internal issue of the country and also instructed the global celebrities and politicians to not interfere. This statement of MEA was issued with hashtags, ‘IndiaTogether’ and  ‘India Against Propaganda’ as a response against the then trending #FarmersProtest. 

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Anil Kumble, former player of the Indian cricket team, using these hashtags provided by the central government, came out in support of the central government and said, “India as the world’s largest democracy is capable of solving its internal problems amicably.” Kannadigas have strongly reacted against this statement by Kumble. They asked him why he wasn’t concerned about those farmers who died during the course of the ongoing protests in Delhi; Kumble was also asked if he didn’t see the international repute of the country being dragged to muds when its own citizens were protesting in the national capital in harsh winter and dieing. They advised him to stand up for the people and not be enslaved by the ruling party, if he wanted to be recorded in the books of history. They told him, ‘you should be ashamed of yourself’.

Samyukta Karnataka Horata an umbrella forum of several farmers’, workers’, and dalit organisations in Karnataka said, “ ever since the protests started more than one hundred farmers have died. We here in Karnataka have been protesting against the state and central government amendments to the farm laws, since September. Dear Kumble, did you ever ask these farmers as to why they were protesting. Why are you tweeting now? Your stand in the matter is very hurtful.” 

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Renowned Kannada writer Srinivasa Karkala said, “Human rights violations are not the internal affairs of any country.”

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Chetan Krishna asked, “being a Kannadiga, how could you be a mouth piece of this destructive government?”

Rekha Srinivas, a social activist wrote, “no one said a word when Trump called India dirty. It is amusing to hear all the noise against the international celebrities who are empathetic with the farmers’ cause. May there be some loyalty towards farmers who have fed you”. 

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Kannada activist Dinesh Kumar said, “Didn’t you think of the prestige and reputation of the country when you read about hundreds of farmers died because of the cold at the protest sites? Where was your self respect when farmers were attacked and fake cases being filed against them? You should be ashamed of yourself for selling yourself to the ruling party”.

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